Cincinnati Bengals second-year undrafted free agent linebacker Vontaze Burfict was limited to practice on Thursday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Bengals’ leading tackler in 2012 has been limited in practice all week after a knock that he sustained when he intercepted a pass from quarterback Jay Cutler in the fourth quarter in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
In what looked like a misread of the zone coverage by the quarterback, Cutler fired a pass to tight end Earl Bennett in tight space, and it was picked off by Burfict, who ran 10 yards before a very questionable tackle from tight end Kyle Adams took him down.
Questions have been raised since then about whether or not the low block on Burfict was in fact legal, but Burfict has come out saying that the injury was “just a bruise” and did in fact return to the field during the next drive, albeit with a limp.
At this point, it seems as though they are limiting him in practice just as a precaution as they prepare to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. This of course is good news as the Bengals seem to be pretty empty on backup linebackers after choosing to keep a larger number of secondary players during the preseason cuts.
This would also be a hard blow for the Bengals as Burfict is generally regarded as the Bengals’ top linebacker.
Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer. Be sure to Follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88