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09/11/14 - LB Vontaze Burfict is going through the league's concussion protocol, meaning there is a chance Vinny Rey will get the start against Atlanta. Rey has only made four starts in his five-year career, but one was last in Baltimore when he recorded three sacks to go along with a career-high 13 tackles and an interception. He was starting at middle linebacker that day for the injured Rey Maualuga, but he's capable of playing SAM or WIL as well. "Vinny can play all the spots, he's smart, he can make the calls and he's got a lot of experience under his belt," defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. "It's like any of the guys -- corners, safeties, whoever it is -- whoever goes in has to play, but he's been especially big for us."
09/08/14 - LB Vontaze Burfict is under concussion protocol after hitting his head while taking Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco to the ground late in the second quarter Sunday. His status for Sunday's home opener against Atlanta is unclear.
09/07/14 - LB Vontaze Burfict left the game late in the second quarter after getting hit in the head. He suffered a concussion and did not return. He had four tackles, a pass deflection and forced and recovered a fumble before leaving with the injury. Burfict was hampered by a hamstring injury in recent weeks.
08/27/14 - LB Vontaze Burfict officially signed a contract extension running through the 2017 season.
Burfict's original contract ran through this season, and had that contract run out, he would have been a restricted free agent for 2015.
As previously reported, the contract is for four years and worth $20.05 million. The deal has a $19 million in base salaries and additional incentives for Pro Bowl appearances. His 2014 salary will be $7.6 million
Bypassed by NFL teams in the 2012 draft, Burfict has established himself as one of the most productive college free-agent signees by any NFL team in recent years. He has led the Bengals in tackles in each of his two seasons.
Burfict has played outside linebacker but had a breakout season in 2013, leading the NFL in tackles with 171 as a middle linebacker. He has started 30 of 32 regular-season games in the past two seasons.
Burfict signed a three-year, $1.441 million rookie contract in 2012 with the Bengals after he was undrafted because of concerns about his character and a subpar combine performance.
Burfict was credited by the Bengals coaching staff last season with 204 tackles, 94 more than the second-place player, and he was voted to the Pro Bowl and to a second-team spot on the Associated Press All-Pro team.
"Vontaze is a special talent; he has shown us that from his first day here," head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "He is a load physically (6-foot-1, 255 pounds) and he's extremely competitive, but what really makes him stand out is the instinct and feel he has for the game. It's something born in him; you can't coach a player to naturally react the way he does in all situations. This signing is a great move for the future of our defense."
Burfict also led the Bengals last season in tackles-for-loss (eight), and he tied for the front-seven lead in passes defensed (10). He had 3.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
"It's great to have this deal done and know I'm
08/26/14 - LB Vontaze Burfict has yet to officially sign the four-year, $20 million contract extension that was reported by various media outlets last Wednesday. It's unclear what the holdup is, and Burfict isn't talking. He made a request for no interviews through the team's media relations department in the first days after reports surfaced. Tuesday he agreed to talk to reporters about football, but repeatedly said "no comment" any time the contract subject was broached.