Vontaze Burfict Injury: Updates on Bengals LB's Hamstring and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com provides an update on Vontaze Burfict's status for Week 2:

Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer has more details on what lies ahead:


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As the regular season looms on the horizon, the Cincinnati Bengals watched on as the team's leading tackler from 2013, Vontaze Burfict, exited a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night with a hamstring injury.

Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Pro Bowl linebacker isn't expected to return:

SNF on NBC tweeted out a photo of Burfict sitting on the Bengals bench with his leg heavily wrapped:

After the Bengals' 19-13 win over the Cardinals, coach Marvin Lewis provided an update via Dehner Jr.:

The injury comes less than a week after the Bengals reportedly agreed to a four-year contract extension with Burfict. As Dehner points out, no matter the severity of the injury, you don't want this kind of problem cropping up with Week 1 rapidly approaching:

Sean Porter is listed as Burfict's backup in the Cincinnati depth chart. Head coach Marvin Lewis spoke about Porter's development in practice this past week, via Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson:

With Vontaze being sick this week it's been a great opportunity for Sean because I made them put Sean in at Vontaze's spot with the first group. If we were playing real games, it may be not what we would do, but we can afford to do it right now.  And I want to see him do it because he keeps growing. The light's on. You can see the smile….He needs to have positive things happen to him.

Porter was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft but spent the entire season on injured reserve. This could be the 23-year-old's time to shine with Burfict out.

In the event that Burfict is out for a prolonged period of time, the Bengals defense will likely take a step back, though. You can't expect Porter to immediately step in and produce in the way that Burfict did last year.