Bengals activate Vontaze Burfict, waive Hardy Nickerson

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The Bengals activated linebacker Vontaze Burfict, whose roster exemption expired Thursday. They waived rookie linebacker Hardy Nickerson in a corresponding move.

Burfict returned to team activities Monday on a roster exemption after serving a three-game suspension. He is expected to play Sunday against Cleveland.

Burfict, 26, had 101 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and eight pass breakups last season in 11 games.

Nickerson, 23, played in all three games but did not post a statistic. He signed with the Bengals in May as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois.

The Bengals’ depth at the position could be tested this week with Jordan Evans dealing with a hamstring injury.

12 responses to “Bengals activate Vontaze Burfict, waive Hardy Nickerson

  1. “Burfict, 26, had 101 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and eight pass breakups last season in 11 games.”

    And how many of those tackles did he make by leading with his helmet?

  2. “Burfict, 26, had 101 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and eight pass breakups last season in 11 games.”

    And how many of those tackles did he make by leading with his helmet?
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    Likely a lot less than the average Steelers defender

  3. Unfortunately unless we get that oline playing at least halfway decent this season is already over. I think it’s funny every fan, sports shows for tv and radio, and newspaper sports writer knew the line was horrible. The only people who thought it would be fine were the staff.

  4. Burfict, 26, had 101 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and eight pass breakups last season in 11 games.

    Wow. Those are some great stats for only 11 games. If he played a full season he’d have All-Pro numbers. Burfict is obviously a talented linebacker and he plays a huge role for the Bengals defense.

  5. Wow, I saw the headline and thought, “Hardy Nickerson is still playing? He must be like 50 years old!”

  6. Burfict changes the game on defense. If they can avoid injury, the Bengals will be awfully hard to score on. I sure hope that Vontaze realizes that someone at the league office is watching every down he plays, and is looking for cheap shots. That crap has to stop. If they can get Mixon and Gio into a good rhythm they could turn this around. I’ve lost all hope for Andy ever hitting a deep ball… between he and JT Barrett, I’m losing my mind. Go Bengals.

  7. I am glad Burfict is back. Unfortunately the season is already over. The game with Cleveland is for the Ohio toilet bowl, the loser is the worst of the worst. There will be no winners of the game. The loser gets a shot at the #1 draft pick next year.

    As I have said here at least three times before, the O-Line debacle was predicted and a repeat of the mistakes Mike Brown made in the 90s when he invested in the skilled offensive players and ignored the line because he thougnt that offense would cause people to buy more tickets and any 300 lb body would work as a lineman.

    You almost have to think in letting Whitworth and Zeitler go was an attempt to sabotage Lewis so he could be let go without a lot of flack from media and activists and get the next head coach a good draft pick.

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