Burfict questionable after injuring ankle in practice on Friday


The Bengals look to be getting linebacker Rey Maualuga back after a three-game absence, due to a knee injury and a concussion.  That’s very good for the Bengals, since they may not have linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Burfict is questionable for Sunday’s game at San Diego with an ankle injury.  Burfict sprained the ankle in practice on Friday.

Maualuga officially is probable to return, which technically means it’s a virtual certainty to be available for normal duty.

Burfict, as Reedy points out, hasn’t missed a game in his two NFL seasons.  Unselected last year after a pre-draft free-fall, Burfict has 118 tackles this year.  He has had at least 10 tackles in 17 of the last 18 games.

Elsewhere on the Bengals, guard Kevin Zeitler is out with a foot injury. Linebacker Michael Boley (shoulder), safety Chris Crocker (hamstring), punter Kevin Huber (ankle),  defensive tackle Devon Still (elbow), and receiver Brandon Tate (ankle) are probable.

9 responses to “Burfict questionable after injuring ankle in practice on Friday

  1. If Burfict can’t go, that’s a HUGE blow to a D that needs all the help it can get this week. He’s a tough guy so I have hopes that he can go. Just don’t risk serious injury by pushing it.

  2. Maualuga has never performed at any kind of elite level since he was drafted in the second round – so I wouldn’t count on this being a big form of relief to Cincy that he’s coming back.

    Vincent Rey, on the other hand, has been an absolute disruptive-as-hell wrecking ball since getting his chance to line up for Cincy.

  3. Excuses? there are no excuses, but the fact is this will be a tough game, all that matters is they win or lose, this isn’t the BCS. West Coast Games are always tough for the Bengals, they need to pull out a win any way they can.

    For those of you who don’t follow the Bengals too closely, they are already using the next, next man up in several spots. Coming off a bye and several players are still out or listed as probable, but at least they have finally gotten some rest.

    Maualuga has played very well this year and was a big loss, even though Vinny Rey has been awesome. If Burfict is out then it is a huge loss, they will need everyone else to step up.

  4. These guys seem to get a lot of injuries both on Sunday and during practice. Maybe they need to tone it down through the week.

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