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55 Vontaze Burfict OLB

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December 5, 2020 11:16 AM
Vontaze Burfict: Arrested Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor battery charge, ESPN reports.

The alleged incident occurred in Nevada, although no other information regarding the arrest was made available to the public at this time. Burfict has not played in the NFL since Week 4 of the 2019 season after drawing a 12-game suspension from a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle.

February 24, 2020 04:12 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Reinstated from suspension
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Burfict was reinstated from a suspension last month and hopes to play in the NFL in 2020, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Burfict opened 2019 as a starter for Oakland but was suspended for the rest of the season after a helmet-to-helmet hit Week 4 against Indianapolis. The 29-year-old linebacker has a long history of dirty hits and hasn't played at a high level since 2017, so the most he can hope for this offseason is a chance to battle for a starting job.

October 10, 2019 04:44 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Suspension upheld
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Burfict had his 12-game suspension upheld Wednesday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Burfict's appeal to reduce the length of his suspension has been rejected, and he will not play another snap for Oakland during the 2019 season. The Raiders' attention will now turn toward finding a new starting middle linebacker. The team could rely on a combination of Dakota Allen, Kyle Wilber and Justin Phillips to fill Burfict's role, or opt to sign a replacement in free agency.

October 4, 2019 07:16 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Could have suspension shortened
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict is appealing to have the length of his 12-game suspension reduced, Jon Becker of The Mercury News reports.

Burfict certainly won't suit up for Sunday's contest against the Bears, but the results of his appeal will indicate whether or not the veteran linebacker will retake the field during the 2019 season. Considering Burfict's storied history of illegal plays -- as well as the league's evident desire to curtail helmet-to-helmet hits and resulting injuries -- it's no sure thing Burfict's appeal will succeed in reducing his suspension.

September 30, 2019 10:44 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Suspended for rest of season
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Burfict has been officially suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Burfict has a lengthy history of dirty plays, including two suspensions and 11 fines. Following a head-to-head hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday's game, the league handed him his longest suspension yet. As expected, Burfict will appeal this suspension, and the hearing likely will be Tuesday, according to Rapoport. Rookie Dakota Allen figures to be next in line to start at middle linebacker, though the Raiders may dip into free agency to find a replacement.

September 30, 2019 09:52 AM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Facing season-long suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict may be suspended for the rest of the season, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

Burfict added to his long history of dirty plays with a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Colts. The NFL may announce a suspension as early as Monday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

September 27, 2019 04:12 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Good to go vs. Colts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict (elbow/knee/shoulder) was a full participant in Friday's practice and has been removed from the injury report for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Burfict was dealing with a number of different injuries this week that kept him limited to start the week, but it looks like none of them were too serious. Look for the linebacker to be a full go come Sunday.

September 25, 2019 05:12 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Battling assortment of injuries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict (elbow/knee/shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Burfict is quite banged up, but he was in similar shape before this past Sunday's game versus the Vikings and still suited up. The veteran linebacker should be fine for Week 4's game versus the Colts, although his practice status may stay limited for the extent of the week.

September 22, 2019 07:48 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Makes return Sunday
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Burfict (elbow) returned to Sunday's game against Minnesota, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Burfict suffered the elbow injury during the second quarter of the game and, as evidenced by this news, used the halftime break to make a return. Now that he's back, expect the veteran to slide back into his usual role as the starting middle linebacker.

September 22, 2019 03:20 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Suffers injury Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Minnesota due to an elbow injury.

Burfict came into the game dealing with shoulder and knee injuries but, as evidenced by this news, is dealing with a new issue. With the veteran sidelined, Kyle Wilber is the only depth linebacker on the roster currently healthy.

September 22, 2019 02:00 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Will play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict (shoulder/knee) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Burfict was only able to log limited practice time throughout the week while dealing with the two injuries but, as evidenced by this news, seemed to shake both off. Now that he's healthy, expect the veteran to assume his usual starting middle linebacker role.

September 20, 2019 04:56 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Questionable for Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict (shoulder/knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Burfict was limited in practice all week due to shoulder and knee injuries. Kyler Wilber and Marquel Lee would likely share reps at middle linebacker if Burfict were forced to miss any time.

September 11, 2019 05:48 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Not battling injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict wasn't listed on the Raiders' injury report Wednesday.

Although coach Jon Gruden said Burfict was "a little bit" banged up after Monday's win over the Broncos, it won't affect the veteran linebacker moving forward. Burfict played 56 of 64 possible defensive snaps (88 percent) in his Raiders' debut, making six tackles (three solo). While he doesn't have much fantasy aptitude, Burfict will continue working as the team's starting middle linebacker.

September 10, 2019 05:24 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Banged up in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Jon Gruden said Burfict got "a little bit" banged up in Monday's win over the Broncos, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Burfict collected six total tackles over 56 defensive snaps in the contest. Gruden said the 28-year-old is probably "very sore" Tuesday and cited his "reckless" style of play for the possible injury. While it can seemingly be added up to usual bumps and bruises, Burfict's participation in practice this week will be telling of just how sore he is.

July 26, 2019 07:04 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Expecting big role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Jon Gruden said Friday that Burfict will "be a big part of this defense," Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Burfict signed with the Raiders on a one-year, $2 million contract in March. Gehlken also reports that the 28-year-old will be expected to relay plays in the huddle from defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, whom Burfict played for in Cincinnati. The former Bengal has had problems staying healthy as of late, only appearing in 43 games over the last five seasons. In that time, Burfict recorded 306 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

March 29, 2019 02:28 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Facing competition for job
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The Raiders signed Brandon Marshall on Thursday to join Burfict, Tahir Whitehead and a slew of young players in their linebacker room, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Marshall and Burfict both signed one-year, incentive-laden contracts, with the latter's containing a base value of $2 million and only $300,000 guaranteed. It helps that he'll be reunited with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, but there's no guarantee Burfict wins a starting job or even lands on the 53-man roster. The 28-year-old linebacker seems to be healthy for the start of Oakland's offseason program, but he's coming off a 2018 campaign in which he struggled during his seven appearances and missed the other nine games while battling concussion symptoms. The Raiders have some young players -- Marquel Lee, Nicholas Morrow, Jason Cabinda -- with the potential to challenge Burfict, Marshall and Whitehead for playing time.

March 21, 2019 12:08 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Declares himself healthy
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Burfict (concussion) said Wednesday that he's healthy and passed his physical with the Raiders, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Burfict suffered a pair of concussions in December, bringing him to seven documented incidents through seven NFL seasons. Between the brain injuries, three suspensions and a few other injuries, the veteran linebacker has averaged just 8.6 appearances per season the past five years. He was still a difference maker whenever healthy until 2018, at which point he posted a career-low mark of 4.7 tackles per game while also struggling in coverage. The Raiders signed Burfict to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million just one day after he was cut by the Bengals, hoping a reunion with his defensive coordinator Paul Guenther can help the 28-year-old return to top form. Burfict is expected to play middle linebacker in Oakland's 4-3 scheme, allowing Tahir Whitehead to retain his spot on the weak side.

March 20, 2019 07:32 PM
Raiders' Vontaze Burfict: Signs with Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict (concussion) agreed to a deal with the Raiders on Tuesday, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

It only took Burfict one day to find a new landing spot after he was cut by the Bengals on Monday. He spent his first seven seasons in Cincinnati, accumulating 604 tackles (396 solo), five interceptions, 28 passes defensed, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries in 75 games. Burfict has become notorious for suspensions and fines, so it isn't surprising that he aligned himself with his former coach and current Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Assuming he can bounce back from last year's repeated struggles with concussions, Burfict will have a decent chance to earn a starting job given the lack of defensive talent in Oakland. Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports that the Raiders plan to use Burfict as a middle linebacker, thus allowing Tahir Whitehead to stay on the weak side.

March 20, 2019 07:32 PM
Vontaze Burfict: Could join Guenther in Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burfict (concussion) is scheduled to visit with the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Released by Cincinnati on Monday, the 28-year-old linebacker quickly lined up a potential reunion with Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who held the same position in Cincinnati from 2014 to 2017. Given his poor play in 2018 along with his lengthy history of concussions and suspensions, Burfict isn't likely to find much in the way of guaranteed money. He would at least have a decent shot to win a starting job in Oakland, where the competition consists of Tahir Whitehead, Nicholas Morrow, Marquel Lee and Jason Cabinda -- an underwhelming group to say the least.

March 18, 2019 03:40 PM
Vontaze Burfict: Cut by Cincinnati
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The Bengals released Burfict (concussion) on Monday, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Known for his suspensions and fines above all else, Burfict was actually one of the better linebackers in the NFL early in his career, but he's played 11 games or fewer every season since 2013 and hasn't been a difference maker when healthy since 2016. A long history of concussions and illegal hits could make it difficult for the 28-year-old to draw interest on the open market.

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