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Vontaze Burfict | Linebacker | #55

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 250
College: Arizona State
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Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (suspended) admitted he needs to change the way he plays.
"I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble," Burfict said. "My style of play is aggressive, and [the game has] changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn't number 55, I wouldn't have got flagged." Burfict is referring to the vicious hit he laid on a defenseless Antonio Brown at the end of Cincinnati's Wild Card loss. The hit would have drawn a flag regardless of who delivered it, but Burfict's history contributed to the league suspending him three games following the incident. It is great Burfict recognizes he needs to change, but it will take more than words to repair his reputation. Feb 23 - 8:45 AM
Source: ESPN

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Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension for violating the league's policy on player safety has been upheld.

Burfict's ban was a candidate for reduction because it was so harsh, but the NFL has (rightfully) decided the punishment still fits the crime. Burfict was out of control late in the season, boiling over in a shameful display in the Wild Card round. He earned his ban the hard way. Absent a Bengals bye, he'll return in Week 4.
Feb 11 - 1:35 PM

ESPN's James Walker and Coley Harvey report Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict will meet with Roger Goodell within the next week to discuss his three-game suspension.

Burfict earned the well-deserved ban for multiple questionable hits in the Wild Card loss to the Steelers, including a personal foul against Antonio Brown which cost the Bengals the game. Burfict will likely angle for a reduction to the suspension. Considering his reckless history, a reduction seems unlikely.
Feb 11 - 12:26 PM

NFL suspended Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict three games for repeated violations of player-safety rules.

Well deserved. Burfict played with reckless abandon in Saturday's Wild Card game against the Steelers, first sacking Ben Roethlisberger and then driving his knee into Big Ben's injured shoulder after the play before later leveling Antonio Brown across the middle on the final drive in the fourth quarter on a pass Brown had no chance to catch. Brown was concussed on the play and is in doubt for Week 19. Burfict has been playing with no regard for anyone but himself since coming into the league as an UDFA out of Arizona State.
Jan 11 - 7:47 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict is facing a suspension for his hit on Antonio Brown late in Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Steelers.

Burfict absolutely leveled Brown on a pass he had no chance of catching. The personal foul flag that came after it (along with another 15-yard penalty by Pacman Jones) set up Chris Boswell's game-winning field goal with 14 seconds left. It looked like Burfict was going to be the hero after intercepting a pass from Landry Jones but his cheap shot on Brown essentially ended the Bengals' season. Burfict deserves to be suspended and won't have much of a case if he decides to appeal.
Jan 10 - 8:56 AM

WLB Vontaze Burfict exited the Bengals' Week 12 game against the Rams with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

With only a few minutes left and Cincinnati up by three touchdowns, it's safe to assume Burfict is done for the day. He recorded seven tackles before leaving in the fourth quarter.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 03:40:00 PM

WLB Vontaze Burfict exited the Bengals' Week 9 game against the Browns with a left knee injury and is questionable to return.

It's the same knee he had surgery on last offseason. Burfict logged two tackles before leaving early in the second quarter.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 09:25:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Steelers.

Burfict will probably be on some sort of snap count, but his return is a big boost for the undefeated Bengals. Inactive for the Bengals are WR Mario Alford, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB P.J. Dawson, TE C.J. Uzomah, DL Marcus Hardison, DT Brandon Thompson and DL Margus Hunt.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Bengals activated WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) off the PUP.

Burfict was cleared to return to practice this week. The move indicates Burfict will play against the Steelers, but his snaps should be limited just 10 months removed from microfracture surgery. Greg Little was waived in a corresponding move.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 11:34:00 AM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee, PUP) is expected to be a game-time decision Week 8 against the Steelers.

Burfict underwent microfracture surgery about 10 months ago and opened the season on reserve/PUP. He returned to practice this week. If he plays Sunday, it will be a very limited role. A.J. Hawk would still get the majority of snaps ahead of Burfict. He should be starting within a couple weeks.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 10:19:00 AM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee, PUP) returned to practice on Thursday.

Burfict received medical clearance earlier in the week. The practice starts a 21-day clock for the Bengals to place him on the active roster. It is unlikely Burfict plays this week against the Steelers, but barring a setback he should return in the next couple weeks.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 10:31:00 AM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict is "ready to practice" after receiving a positive evaluation of his surgically repaired left knee this week.

Burfict is on the reserve/PUP list, recovering from microfracture surgery. ESPN's Adam Caplan's report indicates Burfict has received independent medical clearance, and it's now up to the Bengals to determine when and whether he's ready to play in games. Once Burfict officially resumes practicing, the Bengals will have a 21-day window in which they can activate him to the 53.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 09:23:00 PM

Bengals placed WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.

The Bengals had been hoping Burfict would avoid the PUP. Now he's not eligible to play before Week 8. Sub-replacement level veteran A.J. Hawk is holding down the fort in Burfict's absence. Coming off microfracture surgery, it's a legitimate question whether Burfict will ever recapture his early-career form.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 01:30:00 PM

The Bengals' official website said the "growing sense" is WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.

The Bengals have been hopeful Burfict would be ready Week 1. If he starts on the PUP, Burfict would not be eligible to play until after the team's Week 7 bye. Veteran A.J. Hawk has started the first two preseason games at weakside linebacker.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 02:09:00 PM

The Bengals haven't ruled WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) out for Week 1.

DC Paul Guenther believes Burfict could return by the final week of August, which would give him a shot at being ready for Week 1. Coach Marvin Lewis "likes" the way Burfict has been rehabbing as he tries to get back to speed following microfracture surgery. We ultimately doubt Burfict will be ready for Week 1, but perhaps he'll avoid the reserve/PUP list.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 02:53:00 PM

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