The wait for linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s return to the field will go on a little longer.
The Bengals announced Tuesday that Burfict has been placed on the physically unable to perform list. Burfict had microfracture surgery in January after last year’s season-ending knee surgery and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in May that he expected the linebacker to rehab all the way through the summer, so it’s not an unexpected move.
Cincinnati added A.J. Hawk as a free agent this offseason and he worked with the first team in Burfict’s place during spring work. With Burfict looking like a candidate for the regular season PUP list, he may be in that spot for a while.
The Bengals also placed first-round tackle Cedric Ogbuehi on the non-football injury list because of the torn ACL he suffered while playing football for Texas A&M. Defensive end Margus Hunt (back) and linebacker Sean Porter (torn ACL) will also open camp on the PUP list while wide receiver James Wright has been waived/injured with a knee injury that is likely to require surgery. Wright will revert to injured reserve if he goes unclaimed on waivers.