Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been cleared from his concussion and according to ESPN, he will start against the Falcons.
Previously Burfict's status was "still to be determined", despite the fact that he had practiced already this week. After suffering a concussion last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Burfict was placed under the concussion protocol this week. It appeared that he was cleared to return to play after practicing on Friday. And that was the case Sunday morning:
#Bengals MLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion) cleared to play, according to @BobHoltzmanESPN.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 14, 2014
The Bengals had a light workout on Friday -- at least for the 30 minutes that Cincinnati's media was allowed to observe. It was unknown how much work he put in afterward, but the official practice and status report had him as a full participant.