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:
One of the first topics we discuss are injuries. Michael Johnson, Vontaze Burfict, Leon Hall not out during open practice today for #Bengals
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) October 3, 2013
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.