Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Vontaze Burfict misses practice for ailing Cincinnati Bengals


 

 

Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

It appears as though the Cincinnati Bengals will once again be without their top cornerback after Pro Bowler Leon Hall missed another practice today, and joining him in those not participating was Vontaze Burfict, the team’s leading tackler and by-far their best linebacker:

 

 

Burfict leads the NFL in tackles with 42, and is one of the most important players on Bengals defense that currently ranks 11th in the league in rushing defense.That’s where his greatest strength is, and having him against a resurgent Patriots ground game will be key to getting a win Sunday.

That’s where his greatest strength is, and having him against a resurgent Patriots ground game will be key to getting a win Sunday.

The team is also dealing with the potential loss of their top pass-rusher, as defensive end Michael Johnson is recovering from a concussion suffered on Sunday, and don’t expect to see him play either after missing today’s practice.

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