Burfict (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Burfict remains in the league-mandated concussion protocol, and has yet to return to practice since sustaining a head injury Week 13. If the veteran is unable to suit up for Sunday's tilt against the Raiders, expect Hardy Nickerson to benefit from an uptick in snaps.
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.
Burfict suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Broncos, and did not practice Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether the veteran linebacker will manage to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in time for Cincinnati's tilt against the Chargers in Week 14.
Burfict suffered a concussion and has officially been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's contest, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Burfict will no doubt be placed in the league's concussion protocol and will need to gain clearance before a possible return for Week 14. In his absence, Hardy Nickerson could take on Burfict's role as middle linebacker for the remainder of the game.
Burfict (hip) will make his return Sunday against the Ravens.
Burfict practiced on a limited basis each day this week, representing an improvement from the past several weeks where he was ruled out prior to the official release of the inactive list. While his exact snap count will be uncertain due to injury, Burfict should at least see some playing time with multiple starting linebackers in Nick Vigil (knee) and Preston Brown (leg) on the inactive list.
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