The Cincinnati Bengals may have to go without several key players against the Tennessee Titans this week, including Vontaze Burfict. The Pro Bowl linebacker suffered another concussion Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, one week after his first against the Baltimore Ravens.
Geoff Hobson reports that Burfict began having concussion symptoms after being diagnosed with "a stinger" vs. Atlanta.
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Vontaze Burfict, who left in the second half Sunday after he accidently got kneed in the head by a teammate, and for the second straight week he has been diagnosed with a concussion.The injury was originally called "a stinger," but symptoms later surfaced. Burfict left the opener 10 days ago with a concussion when he hit Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Burfict will now re-enter the NFL's concussion protocol before he can be cleared to practice or play in a game.
The Bengals would be wise to sit Burfict Sunday, even if he is cleared. Letting him play and potentially suffer another concussion could severely compromise his long-term health, and jeopardize his 2014 season.
The Titans will by no means be an easy opponent, but they're not exactly world beaters either. Cincinnati can win without Burfict this week.
However, they likely won't win the AFC North is he gets another concussion and misses a good chunk of the season. The good news is the Bye Week is coming in Week 4, so Tez would likely be back Week 5 against the New England Patriots.