Bengals' Vontaze Burfict: Won't play against Chargers

Burfict (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

While no longer a dominant force, Burfict has averaged respectable marks of 46 snaps and 5.2 tackles per game over six outings this season. His absence probably won't have much impact on a Cincinnati defense that's been hideous even when he's been healthy. Hardy Nickerson is the best bet to absorb Burfict's vacated snaps, but Vincent Rey and Brandon Bell could also get a look. Nick Vigil is the top IDP play among Bengals linebackers, averaging 7.6 tackles per game in a three-down role.

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