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Burfict sprains ankle, questionable for Sunday


Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict sprained his ankle in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at San Diego.

Burfict leads the NFL in tackles with 118 and was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Nov. 17 game against Cleveland.

If he is unable to play, look for Vinny Rey to get the start at weakside linebacker. Rey has started the last three games at middle linebacker while Rey Maualuga recovered from a knee injury suffered Oct. 27 against the New York Jets.

Maualuga is listed as probable for Sunday.

In other injury news, guard Kevin Zeitler has officially been declared out for the Chargers game with a foot injury. This will be the second consecutive game Zeitler has missed after starting the first 27 games of his career.

Mike Pollak likely will get a second consecutive start at right guard.

Punter Kevin Huber was limited by a sore left ankle for the second day in a row, but he is listed as probable, along with linebacker Michael Boley (shoulder), safety Chris Crocker (hamstring), defensive tackle Devon Still (elbow), wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate (ankle) and Maualuga.

For the Chargers, offensive tackle King Dunlap (neck) is doubtful while wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe/chest), linebacker Jarret Johnson (hand) and safety Darrell Stuckey (concussion) are questionable. Eight others, including tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) and running back Ryan Mathews (hamstring), are probable.


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