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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: New career high in tackles

    Burks finished with 46 tackles (29 solo), including one sack, and one interception in 15 games played with San Francisco in 2023. Burks served as the 49ers' Sam linebacker in base formations for most of the regular season, setting a new career high in tackles while playing the most defensive snaps (308) of his career. The six-year pro was also asked to replace starter Dre Greenlaw (Achilles) after the latter suffered a torn Achilles early in Super Bowl LVIII. Burks' strong contributions as a role player could earn the linebacker a shot at starting alongside Fred Warner to begin the 2024 campaign while Greenlaw continues his lengthy recovery. That scenario would require the 49ers to re-sign Burks, whose two-year contract expires this offseason.
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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: Suiting up for NFC Championship

    Burks (shoulder) is active for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Lions, Lindsey Pallares of the 49ers' official site reports. Burks sustained a shoulder injury in Thursday's practice and was limited in Friday's session. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Burks was unlikely to play in the NFC Championship Game, but it appears the linebacker will battle through his shoulder issue. Burks had two solo tackles in the Niners' divisional-round win over the Packers.
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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: Unlikely to play Sunday

    Burks (shoulder) is not expected to suit up for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Burks sustained a shoulder injury during Thursday's practice that left him questionable to play on San Francisco's final injury report of the week. While the nature of this issue isn't clear, the 28-year-old looks like he'll miss Sunday's playoff game. Burks served as a primary reserve linebacker and regular contributor on special teams during the regular season, logging 46 tackles and one interception across 15 appearances. He also played 19 defensive snaps during last week's divisional-round win over Green Bay.
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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: Will play at Washington

    Burks (knee) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's game at Washington, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Burks will return to action Sunday after he sat out the 49ers' last two games due to a knee injury he sustained in Week 14 versus the Seahawks. He projects to start as San Francisco's third linebacker in Week 17.
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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: Set to miss time

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan noted Monday that Burks will be "shut down for the next couple of weeks" with knee tendinitis, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Burks played just six snaps on defense and finished with one tackle before leaving Sunday's 28-16 win over the Seahawks in the first quarter. Depending on his rehab and practice participation, he could make his return Christmas Day against the Ravens. With Dre Greenlaw (hip) also dealing with injuries, Dee Winters and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles could see more snaps at linebacker alongside Fred Warner.
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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: Filling in for Greenlaw

    Burks is expected to start at weak-side linebacker Sunday against the Browns, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. Burks will draw the start with Dre Greenlaw (hamstring) inactive for Sunday's contest. Burks played a season-high 25 defensive snaps in Week 5 against the Cowboys and had five tackles (two solo) and an interception.
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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: Season-best outing Sunday

    Burks recorded seven tackles (four solo) and one pass defended during Sunday's 31-14 victory against the Rams. The 27-year-old played every defensive snap with starting weakside linebacker Dre Greenlaw (calf) ruled out ahead of this contest. Burks has played over twice as many special-teams snaps as defensive snaps over the course of his five-year career, and his playing time will drop off significantly if Greenlaw is able to return against the Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 13.
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  • 49ers' Oren Burks: Practices fully Thursday

    Burks (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Burks suffered a knee injury during the 49ers' preseason finale against the Texans, but his ability to practice in full Thursday implies he's moved on from the issue. The fifth-year linebacker could be poised for an increased role during Sunday's matchup against the Bears if presumed starter Dre Greenlaw (elbow) is unable to gain medical clearance prior to kickoff.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Hits COVID list

    Burks (illness) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, as a result of testing positive for the virus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Burks' potential absence Sunday against the Vikings would put a dent in the Packers' linebacker depth. Playing a rotational role this season, Burks has 29 tackles (21 solo) on the season.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Plays reserve role in 2019

    Burks had 11 tackles (seven solo) in 12 games this season. The 2018 third-round pick missed the first four weeks of the season with a partially torn left pectoral, but he returned for Week 5 and played a minor defensive role the rest of the season. Green Bay's top inside linebackers -- Blake Martinez and B.J. Goodson -- are both poised to hit free agency in March, leaving Burks, Ty Summers and Curtis Bolton (knee) as the remaining players at the position. Burks could enter training camp with a heavily increased role with a strong offseason, but the Packers likely will make outside additions to the position group, whether it be via the draft or free agency.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Making season debut

    Burks (chest) is active for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys. Burks missed the first four games of the season, but he's ready to make his season debut. The Packers will remain cautious with Burks and will roll out B.J. Goodson to start at inside linebacker alongside Blake Martinez, but Burks will benefit by getting some game-speed reps under his belt.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Sheds non-contact jersey

    Burks practiced Monday with a protective harness covering his injured pectoral and left shoulder, but he wasn't wearing a non-contact jersey, Jim Owczarski and Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report. Burks suffered a partially torn pectoral in the Packers' preseason opener on Aug. 8. He didn't make his first tangible progress on Packers injury reports until Sept. 18, showing up on that day's estimate as a limited participant. However, on all official reports in the meantime, Burks received a DNP. The Packers won't reveal his activity level this week until Wednesday, but he appears to be closing in on getting cleared for game action.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Spotted at practice Monday

    Burks (pectoral) is participating in practice Monday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Burks wasn't able to practice in any capacity last week, so even if he's limited Monday, it'll be a step in the right direction. The second-year pro is vying to make his season debut Week 5 versus the Cowboys. Burks is set for a starting role in Green Bay's linebacker corps when he returns to the lineup.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Will be held out Sunday

    Burks (chest) is listed as out for Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Burks will miss his second straight game to start the year. He didn't practice all week, so his chances of playing Week 3 versus the Broncos will depend on him getting on the field in some capacity first. For the time being, Ty Summers and B.J. Goodson will work in at inside linebacker.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Won't play Thursday

    Burks (pectoral) won't play in Thursday's game versus the Bears, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Burks is still recovering from a partially torn left pectoral and didn't practice all week, so it's no surprise he'll miss the season opener. The injury isn't as bad as initially thought, however, so Burks should be able to return at some point this season. Expect a rotation of rookie Ty Summers and B.J. Goodson to operate at middle linebacker in Burks' absence.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Hoping to return in weeks

    Burks has a partially torn left pectoral and hopes to return in a few weeks, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Burks was initially feared to be facing an extended absence, but it now looks as through he'll be able to avoid injured reserve altogether. The 24-year-old will sport a harness this season and could be available once his shoulder is in good enough shape to handle the impact from hits.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Day-to-day with injury

    Burks (pectoral) will not need surgery and is considered day-to-day, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Burks and the Packers originally feared the worst with his injured pectoral muscle, but now that a specialist determined that it would heal on its own, he may not be out for the year after all. Burks will be day-to-day until Green Bay can provide more clarity on his recovery timetable.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Primed for increased role

    General manager Brian Gutekunst said Tuesday that he expects Burks to make "a big jump" in 2019, Pete Dougherty of Packers News reports. Burks appeared to be in line for a key role after being drafted by Green Bay in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, even though he ultimately failed to carve out a starting role behind Antonio Morrison and Blake Martinez. Gutekunst downplayed Burks' struggles as "typical rookie stuff, growing within the defense, understanding it from an instinctual standpoint," and said that "it takes time in the NFL to really feel comfortable within the defense." With Morrison having been waived prior to the start of free agency, Burks is set for a sharp increase in workload after only playing 122 defensive snaps during his rookie season.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Will be eased into action

    Burks will play in Sunday's game against the Redskins but will primarily be used on special teams, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. The rookie was cleared for full practice this week after Burks missed the first two games of the season with a shoulder injury. However, it appears the Packers aren't willing to throw Burks back into full action immediately, which is somewhat surprising given that he is listed as a starter on the team's depth chart. Nevertheless, expect Burks to have a chance to make a significant impact on defense once Week 4 rolls around.
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  • Packers' Oren Burks: Limited in practice Wednesday

    Burks (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Burks dislocated his left shoulder prior to Green Bay's third preseason game but said he's ready to practice in full and could return as a nickle linebacker, Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report. The 2018 third-rounder served as the Packers' starting inside linebacker prior to his injury, but the addition of veteran Antonio Morrison could seemingly cause Burks to be moved to the nickle linebacker role. Burks has reportedly digested the playbook well enough to facilitate the move, which is a good sign for the rookie's versatility.
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