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Vontaze Burfict | Linebacker | #55

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 255
College: Arizona State
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Bengals declared LB Vontaze Burfict, WR A.J. Green, CB Darqueze Dennard, LB Nick Vigil, OL Alex Redmond, TE Tyler Kroft, and WR Josh Malone inactive for Sunday's Week 10 game versus the Saints.
Burfict missed Week 8 versus the Buccaneers and was not able to get healthy throughout the bye week. With fellow linebacker Nick Vigil also out Sunday, the Bengals will have a tough time containing Alvin Kamara out of the backfield. The Bengals rank 27th in receptions allowed per game (6.4) to opposing backfields. Nov 11 - 11:36 AM

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Vontaze Burfict (hip) did not practice Monday.

It is not a great sign he remains unable to practice following the bye week, but it is only Monday. With the Saints coming to town, the Bengals need Burfict healthy.
Nov 5 - 12:55 PM

Vontaze Burfict (hip) did not practice Thursday.

It is Burfict's second missed practice in a row, suggesting he will sit out this week. It is a concern with Tampa Bay's high-powered offense headed to town.
Oct 25 - 12:06 PM

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (hip) didn't practice on Wednesday.

He suffered the injury in Sunday night's loss to Kansas City. Jordan Evans is next up at weak side linebacker for Cincinnati.
Oct 24 - 4:30 PM

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict suffered a hip injury in Week 7 against the Chiefs.

He's done for the game. Burfict was limping badly, so he's likely going to miss practice time this week. Jordan Evans is Burfict's backup.
Oct 21 - 10:49 PM

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict's four-game suspension has ended.

He is eligible to re-join the team this week. Cincinnati's defense has scuffled over the first month of the season, so Burfict should be welcomed back with open arms.
Oct 1 - 8:55 AM

Bengals activated LB Vontaze Burfict from the active/NFI.

Burfict was sidelined the early part of camp by a hamstring injury, but he was never expected to miss much time. The linebacker is eligible to participate during the preseason, but he will miss the first four games of the regular season because of a PED suspension.
Aug 6 - 11:37 AM

Bengals placed LB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring) on the active/NFI list.

Burfict is believed to be dealing with a minor hamstring injury. He should be good to go in a couple days. Burfict will serve a four-game suspension to open the season.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 26 - 10:24 AM

Bengals' LB Vontaze Burfict has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

An NFL spokesperson released a statement confirming Burfict's pending four-game suspension. He's still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. Cincinnati's director of player personnel Duke Tobin has shown no inclination of releasing Burfict despite this news, going as far to say "[the Bengals] are a player-oriented business and the players are the ones that win or lose for us." Following this new development, Burfict will have missed a total of 10 games due to suspension and played in only 36 of a possible 64 regular season contests since 2014.
Apr 12 - 4:00 PM

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and director of player personnel Duke Tobin both reaffirmed that the team has no intention of parting ways with LB Vontaze Burfict.

When asked if he'd consider moving on from Burfict, Lewis bluntly responded "no". "We have conversations on that a lot," Tobin said. "But at the end of the day we are a player-oriented business and the players are the ones that win or lose for us." Burfict's undeniable talent has earned him an infinite leash with the Bengals even in the wake of a possible four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. If the punishment sticks, Burfict will have missed a total of 10 games due to suspension and played in only 36 of a possible 64 regular season contests since 2014.
Mar 31 - 1:39 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy.

Burfict is appealing. Considering his history, we don't like his chances. 2018 will be the second straight season Burfict begins with a ban after last year's three-gamer for violating the league's player-safety policy. Burfict had been the subject of trade rumors but those are probably on ice for now. Through injury and endless controversy, Burfict has remained a playmaker for the Bengals, but he's probably close to using up his nine lives in Cincinnati.
Mar 16 - 1:33 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (shoulder) has been ruled out fo Week 17 against Baltimore.

It's ends an injury and suspension filled year for Burfict, who played in just 10 games. Burfict remained one of the the better weak-side linebackers in the league when healthy, finishing with top-15 PFF grades over 587 snaps. The Bengals have Burfict signed at $15 million through the next three seasons.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 02:39:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Burfict will wrap up his sixth NFL season having played in only ten games due to injuries and suspensions. The 27-year-old remained a difference maker on the field when healthy and is under contract with Cincinnati through 2020.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 02:10:00 PM

Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is active for Week 16 against the Lions.

CB Dre Kirkpatrick will also return against a Lions offensive line missing three starters. This would be a decent spot for the Bengals D/ST if they didn't already waive the white flag a few weeks back.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 11:53:00 AM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) wasn't listed on the team's final injury report for Week 16 against the Lions.

Burfict was cleared after getting in a full practice on Friday. Sunday will be his first game since suffering a concussion against the Steelers in Week 13. Burfict holds PFF's No. 4 grade among 4-3 outside linebackers this year.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 03:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Carlos Dunlap
2Carl Lawson
3Michael Johnson
4Jordan Willis
5Sam Hubbard
DT1Geno Atkins
2Andrew Billings
3Adolphus Washington
4Ryan Glasgow
MLB1Preston Brown
2Hardy Nickerson
3Malik Jefferson
WLB1Vontaze Burfict
2Jordan Evans
SLB1Nick Vigil
2Vincent Rey
CB1Dre Kirkpatrick
2William Jackson
3Darqueze Dennard
4Tony McRae
5Darius Phillips
FS1Jessie Bates
2Clayton Fejedelem
SS1Shawn Williams
2Brandon Wilson
P1Kevin Huber