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Bengals vs. Titans: Burfict sits with concussion symptoms

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict sat during Wednesday practice with concussion symptoms. Joining him were Andrew Whitworth, A.J. Green, Mike Pollak, Brandon Thompson, Kevin Zeitler and others. The official report will be out later.

Joe Robbins

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict sat out during Wednesday's practice, due to concussion symptoms for a second consecutive week. As the story goes... Burfict suffered a concussion in the regular season opener in Baltimore. After sitting out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, he was listed as a full participant. When the team examined him on Sunday, he was cleared.

Should he have been?

By the 12 minute mark in the first quarter, Burfict hit Matt Ryan on a blitz and struggled to stand... I think the term is, drunken sailor. Emmanuel Lamur assisted him and the officials forced him out of the game. Then later into the third quarter, Burfict tried hitting a scrambling Ryan when he made contact with Lamur's legs and gripped his head. This time, he came out on his own.

Should Burfict have been cleared in the first place? Why was he allowed back in the game? Stinger? I'll listen but are we really buying that? Or do we not care so much about his quality of life 30-40 years from now? Or is this another case of a writer seeing something that really isn't there?




Joining Burfict on the did-not-practice list was wide receiver A.J. Green, who told reporters that he'll sit on Wednesday and give it a shot for Thursday's practice.

Andrew Whitworth, dealing with a bruised lower leg from Sunday's game against Atlanta, was joined by guard Mike Pollak on the sidelines. Both figure to practice on Thursday. Kevin Zeiter, who reportedly has a torn calf, and Brandon Thompson (knee) didn't practice on Wednesday -- Zeitler is expected to be out for a month.