Burfict (ankle, suspension) isn't practicing Tuesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Burfict limped off the field at the end of Monday's practice and was taken back to the locker room on a cart. He's already suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season, so only a severe injury would impact his prospects for the upcoming campaign. Jordan Evans is the favorite to fill in at weakside linebacker, offering ample IDP potential if he also locks down a role in the nickel defense.
Burfict (suspension) limped off the field at Monday's practice, Jay Morrison of Cox Media Group reports. Burfict removed his right shoe at the end of practice and was then taken away on a cart. It sounds like a foot or ankle injury, rather than a recurrence of the hamstring issue that held him out for the first week of training camp. In addition to the injury woes, Burfict will serve a four-game suspension at the beginning of the regular season, leaving Jordan Evans as the favorite to start at weakside linebacker throughout September.
Burfict, who was removed from the NFI list Monday, will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Bears, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. While Burfict has been medically cleared after being sidelined with a hamstring injury, it looks like the Bengals don't see a reason to rush the linebacker back to the playing field after just a few practices. Burfict likely will play in next Saturday's game against the Cowboys after he has more practice sessions under his belt.
Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Known for his fines, ejections and suspensions as much as his excellent work between the lines, Burfict hasn't played more than 11 games in a season since his spectacular 171-tackle campaign in 2013. This helps to explain Cincinnati's recent signing of Preston Brown, who tied for the lead league with 144 tackles last season. Burfict's track record won't help his case if he decides to appeal the suspension.
Burfict (shoulder) was downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Burfict was listed as doubtful after not participating at practice this week so it's unsurprising to see him downgraded as the Bengals try to play spoiler in Week 17. Jordan Evans and Hardy Nickerson should both see increased snaps at weak-side linebacker as Burfict's injury-marred 2017 season -- one that also included a suspension -- officially comes to an end.
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