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Vontaze Burfict is back and appears to be in good shape

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The Bengals defense is getting its leader back in good condition.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve known since March that linebacker Vontaze Burfict wouldn’t get to play meaningful football until at the very least this Sunday. Burfict’s four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy has now concluded and he’s fully back with the Bengals.

Something that we didn’t know was if Burfict was ready to get back on to the field after spending weeks away from it. In the past, Burfict has been known to report back to the team out of shape whether it was following injury or discipline from the league.

That doesn’t appear to be the case this time around, reports flooded out of Paul Brown Stadium today upon Burfict’s return:

His fellow teammates have taken notice as well:

Burfict is dressed and taking part in practice, though it will be interesting to see how much work he gets in.

Burfict originally reported to training camp with a tight hamstring and was forced to sit out during the first week and a half before being activated off the Non-Football Injury list. He didn’t appear in any of the team’s preseason games and just a week after returning to practice he was sighted in a walking boot.

As it appears now, Burfict is fully healthy and just at the right time. The Bengals defense needs all the help it can get after allowing a whopping 113 points in the first four weeks without him patrolling the middle of the field. This is obviously great news but the question now is: how long will they get Burfict on the field before another injury or shenanigan takes him off of it?