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Cincinnati Bengals

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Bengals make fury of roster moves Tuesday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Bengals announced a variety of roster moves Tuesday.

The team placed the following players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list: linebacker Vontaze Burfict, defensive end Margus Hunt and linebacker Sean Porter.

Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, while wide receiver James Wright was waived under the Injured category.

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Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict works out gingerly Tuesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was certainly not a full-go Tuesday in his first action since going on injured reserve last December and undergoing microfracture surgery the following month.

He did, however work out on a side field, which is encouraging in itself. But he should not be expected to join his teammates any time soon.

"Vontaze will be in rehab all the way through the summer," Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "So, he's got a long way to go. He had surgery in January. That's surgery that takes a bit."

Burfict could not run. Rather, he limped moving across the practice field.

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Bengals' Vontaze Burfict may start year on PUP
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's rehab may not be progressing as quickly as the team had hoped.

Burfict had microfracture knee surgery and initial post-surgery reports said that he could be recovered by the start of training camp. 

This week, the team's website said that Burfict's status was "up in the air" and that a return by the start of the season would be a "tight call".

If Burfict isn't ready by the opener, the Bengals may choose to put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

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Bengals' Vontaze Burfict undergoes microfracture surgery
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has gone under the knife for surgery on his knee, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

However, when the surgery was performed in October, it was not reported to be microfracture surgery. Dr. Neal ElAttranche confirmed Sunday he performed microfracture surgery on Burfict's knee.

"I don't see any reason, if this thing heals like we want and we think it will, why he won't be back like he was," said ElAttrache. "Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it's not really news when it works out."

ElAttrache said he believes Burfict should be ready at full strength for the start of training camp.

Burfict's season was cut short by the knee injury, allowing him to play just five games in 2014, totaling 29 tackles.

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Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict no lock for start of season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who's had two knee surgeries since late October, might not be ready for the start of the 2015 season, reports the team's website. The plan is for Burfict to be back, but "there has been some concern" he'll start the season on the PUP list and miss the first six weeks, the report said.

“He has to work his tail off. He has to work harder now than he did to get here,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “Everyone in his inner circle has continued to reinforce that. He has to work harder now than he did to get here.”

Burfict had 29 tackles and a forced fumble in five games this season. He had 298 combined tackles and four sacks in the previous two years.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Cincinnati Bengals1612773.0541000.0002
2013Cincinnati Bengals16171114.057311212.01206
2014Cincinnati Bengals52915.0140000.0002
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Cincinnati Bengals1600002020
2013Cincinnati Bengals16001021321
2014Cincinnati Bengals500101010
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