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Vontaze Burfict | Linebacker | #55

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 255
College: Arizona State
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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

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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

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) returned to practice Thursday.

Burfict has been sidelined since suffering a concussion on an illegal hit by JuJu Smith-Schuster in Week 13. This practice gives him a shot to suit up against the Lions, but he still has hurdles to clear. The Bengals' defense has been a trainwreck without Burfict the last two weeks.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) will not play in Week 15.

The Bears' running game trampled Cincinnati sans Burfict last week. Burfict's absence bodes well for both Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 02:33:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) is out for Week 14 against the Bears.

Starting CBs Adam Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion) are also out, along with starting S Shawn Williams (hamstring), who has missed the past couple games. The Bengals were severely banged up last Monday night against the Steelers. It's an upgrade for Jordan Howard's road matchup.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict was placed on a backboard and carted to the locker room with a head injury Week 13 against the Steelers.

Burfict is the second linebacker to be backboarded and carted away tonight after Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier experienced the same in the first quarter. Burfict was injured on a peel-back block by JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the rookie receiver was flagged for an illegal block and personal foul for taunting Burfict by standing over him after the hit. Burfict moved his arms after the hit.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 11:34:00 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict will not be suspended for making contact with an official Week 10.

The ejection was weak to say the least, so it is good to see the league show restraint despite Burfict's history. He will be back in the lineup this Sunday against the Broncos.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 09:43:00 AM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict's was ejected from Week 10 against the Titans.

Burfict was ejected for making contact with an official. He continues to show a lack of maturity after being suspended multiple times in his career.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 02:19:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension is over.

Burfict should rejoin the team early this week and be active for the Bengals' Week 4 matchup against the Browns. With Burfict back, Vinny Rey or Nick Vigil will return to the bench.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 11:08:00 AM

Bengals signed WLB Vontaze Burfict to a three-year, $38.68 million extension through 2020.

That's one year for every game the cheap shot artist is suspended to begin the season. Undrafted in 2012 because of character concerns after a star career at Arizona State, Burfict proved to be an instant difference-maker. He stuffs the stat-sheet with tackles, forced turnovers and the occasional sack. He routinely earns high grades from Pro Football Focus. Burfict does have a long and concerning injury history, including concussion issues. He turns 27 later this month.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 05:29:00 PM