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Burfict is in the NFL's concussion protocol for the second straight week, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Given that, Burfict -- who did not practice Wednesday -- looks pretty iffy for Sunday's game against the Titans, at this stage. More on Burfict's status Thursday.

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Burfict suffered a "stinger" during Sunday's game against the Falcons and will not return, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Burfict suffered a concussion in Week 1 and has now endured a similar injury this Sunday, forcing the Bengals to shut down their star linebacker. As a result, Burfict finishes Sunday's game with four tackles (two solo).

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Burfict left Sunday's game against the Falcons after appearing to aggravate his concussion symptoms in the third quarter.

This might have actually been the second time in the game where he was shaken up - he left for a couple of plays in the first quarter after appearing woozy.

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Burfict (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN.com's Coley Harvey reports.

As expected, Burfict will assume his usual duties on the weak side, and looks to be a safe IDP play for Week 2. Marquis Flowers will serve as Burfict's primary backup and will step in when necessary to give the linebacker a breather.

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Burfict (concussion) has been cleared to play Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

There was some serious doubt regarding Burfict's availability after he was limited in practice Thursday, but it appears he's passed all of the NFL's parameters in its concussion protocol. Now that he's ostensibly healthy, look for Burfict to avenge last week's middling four-tackle effort against the Ravens.

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Burfict (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, the Bengals' official site reports.

Burfict was listed as a limited practice participant Friday, though at this stage it is unclear if the linebacker will gain clearance for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.

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Burfict has passed the step in the concussion protocol that restricts interviews, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

This news alone does not clear Burfict to play this week, but it is a move in the right direction. The Bengals figure to update Burfict's status when they release Friday's injury report.

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Burfict (concussion) was not spotted at practice Thursday, the Bengals' official site reports.

We'll revisit Burfict's status Friday, but the report suggests concern that the linebacker is a candidate to miss the first game of his three-year NFL career, come Sunday.

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Burfict (concussion) sat out Wednesday's practice, the Bengals' official site reports.

The report suggests that Burfict appears to be progressing in his concussion protocol, but until he receives medical clearance, his status for Sunday's game against the Falcons will be in some question.

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Burfict suffered a concussion during Sunday's regular season opener and will not return.

Burfict recorded four tackles (all solo) prior to being knocked out of Sunday's game. Last season's league leader in tackles, Burfict will now have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before being cleared to play next.