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Vontaze Burfict | Linebacker

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 248
College: Arizona State
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The Bengals are expecting WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee surgeries) to be ready for the start of training camp.
Burfict underwent two surgeries on his left knee last year, including microfracture surgery immediately after the season. Given the tricky nature of his operation, the Bengals would be wise to add depth at linebacker. Dehner believes Cincinnati is likely to address the position in free agency. Feb 22 - 9:07 AM

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Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict recently underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee.

Microfracture surgery is one of the most serious procedures an athlete can undergo, as it involves drilling tiny fractures into the bone in an effort to develop new cartilage. This knee can now be considered a chronic concern for Burfict, who underwent surgery on the same joint in late October and played in just five games all year. For what it's worth, Burfict's surgeon says it's still very possible his patient will be ready for 2015 training camp. Linebacker has become a big need area in Cincinnati with Burfict's health uncertain, and MLB Rey Maualuga and SLB Emmanuel Lamur's contracts both expiring.
Jan 26 - 8:23 AM's Geoff Hobson passes along "some concern" that WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee surgery) might open 2015 on the reserve/PUP list.

At the Senior Bowl, coach Marvin Lewis insisted "the plan" is still for Burfict to return by Week 1. "That’s the plan," Lewis said. "You can’t be rushed. It has to heal. It has to get right." Burfict's knee is clearly problematic and seems like a concern inside the Bengals' organization.
Jan 21 - 8:09 PM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther said Monday he's heard WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee surgery) will be "back and fine next year."

If so, it's great news for Cincinnati's defense. After signing a new four-year, $20 million deal last August, Burfict battled concussion, neck, and knee injuries throughout 2014. His playmaking ability was sorely missed as the Bengals struggled to defend the run. Burfict is still only 24 years old.
Jan 5 - 5:02 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (injured reserve) may need additional knee surgery.

Burfict had his knee scoped in October. He was initially expected to miss a couple weeks, but got sent to season-ending I.R. on Tuesday. Burfict is still walking with a noticeable limp and is deciding on whether to have more surgery or continue with rehab. Coach Marvin Lewis wouldn't commit to Burfict being ready for the start of next season. It's been a rough year for Burfict injury-wise.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 09:46:00 AM

Bengals placed WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The move ends an injury-plagued and ineffective season for the third-year pro. Burfict was slowed by neck issues and a concussion before undergoing a supposedly minor knee operation in late October. Burfict went under the knife 41 days ago, and obviously wasn't close to a return. He'll close the book on 2014 with just 223 snaps across five appearances. A playmaking difference maker both in coverage and as a run stopper when healthy, Burfict should bounce back in 2015. He's only 24.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 02:40:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has been ruled out for Week 14.

Burfict's knee "scope" was clearly more serious than the team let on.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 01:38:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 game at Tampa.

Burfict remains week-to-week after not practicing all week. The oft-injured playmaker is not recovering from his scope as quickly as the Bengals had hoped. The rest of their inactives: DE Margus Hunt, RB Rex Burkhead, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, T Tanner Hawkinson, WR Greg Little and T Jamon Meredith.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:53:00 AM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee) missed practice all week.

He won't play at Tampa. Coach Marvin Lewis said after Friday's practice that Burfict is "progressing," but he said the same thing on Friday last week.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 01:04:00 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes WLB Vontaze Burfict (knee scope) is "progressing" toward a return.

Naturally, Lewis didn't disclose when Burfict might actually suit up. Sunday's tilt with the Texans will mark the fourth straight game he's missed. Going by his timetable, there's a chance Burfict will be ready for Week 13, but that should not be taken for granted.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 02:06:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict had his left knee scoped on Wednesday and is expected to miss at least two games.

That's extremely optimistic, as most players need about four weeks to recover from a scope. Burfict can't stay off the trainer's table this season. He's missed time with a couple concussions, a neck injury, and now this. With MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) also on the shelf, Emmanuel Lamur and Vincent Rey will be the Bengals' top two linebackers. Burfict has played just 223 snaps this season.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict (neck) practiced in full on Thursday, and is on track for Week 8.

Barring a setback, Burfict will be good to go against the Ravens. Battling through injuries, Burfict has been limited to 161 snaps this season.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said WLB Vontaze Burfict (cervical strain) is "fine."

It's unclear what terms Lewis was speaking in, or if Burfict has a chance to suit up for Week 8. His status will be updated later this week.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict has been diagnosed with a cervical strain.

Burfict suffered the injury when the crown of his helmet made contact with Andrew Luck. It's a scary situation for a player that has had some serious concussion issues already. Safety Taylor Mays rookie Marquis Flowers were forced to fill in for Burfict with the Bengals linebacking corps absolutely decimated.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 06:53:00 PM

Bengals WLB Vontaze Burfict left Sunday's Week 7 game at Indy in the first quarter with a neck injury.

Burfict has been dealing with concussion issues throughout much of this season. It's unclear if this is related. Marquis Flowers has come on.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 01:49:00 PM

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