CINCINNATI — Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a hip injury.
Burfict appeared to injure his hip late in the third quarter of the Bengals’ loss to the Chiefs last Sunday and immediately went to the locker room. He did not return and was quickly ruled out.
Burfict has played in only three games this season. He missed the first four games of the season while surviving a suspension for a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. He has not played a full season since 2013 due to injuries and suspensions.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Burfict since his return. He was fined $112,000 by the NFL for two plays against the Steelers that the league defined as unnecessary roughness. He also missed several tackles in the blowout loss to the Chiefs.
“He hasn’t played as well as he has in the past,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis on Wednesday.
Lewis declined any followup questions on Burfict.
“I don’t want to talk about Vontaze. It’s not relevant,” he said.
CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said A.J. Green is fine after missing the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Panthers with a hip issue.
Green landed hard on his hip while trying to catch a pass and eventually went to the sidelines while clearly in pain. He did not return to the game, and watched the rest of the contest while sitting on a cooler.
Lewis said he thought Green may have slightly re-aggravated an old injury from college, but has been on the mend. Lewis said he didn’t exactly know what was wrong during the game because Green said there was pain in both hips and also pain in his shoulder after he landed on it awkwardly.
“He seemed to come around very quickly with the anti-inflammatories. We’re very fortunate with that,” Lewis said.
Green was in pads during the portion of Wednesday’s practice open to the media, but went to the rehab field with Joe Mixon after the team was done stretching.
Green said after the game that he thought he would be able to go back in. He initially jogged off but couldn’t shake off the pain. Green said he felt better afterward and should be ready to go next week.
“I just came down on my hip and I guess my two bones just hit. Just another bruise. I should be fine,” he said on Sunday. “At first I didn’t feel anything. I just thought the air got knocked out of me. Then I got up and I was like, ‘Oh, it hurts a little bit.’ I didn’t feel anything pop or anything like that. So I should be fine.”
He added: “I hurt it as soon as I hit the ground. I just fell awkwardly. I did the same thing in college.”
Mixon and Billy Price are also on the mend. Mixon had a procedure done after the Ravens game to remove loose particles in his knee, but had progressed to doing some jogging on the side by Friday. He was in attendance during Wednesday’s practice but was not dressed out, and went to the rehab field.
Price, who has a foot injury, is still in a walking boot, but was able to ride the stationary bike during the open portion of Wednesday’s practice.
“Joe’s doing great, Lewis said. “We’re very happy and pleased with he and Billy’s progress. Very positive reports. And we have a chance to have all hands on deck here soon, and that’s exciting. But Joe’s youth and everything I think is playing a big part. I think Billy’s youth is playing a big part. We’ll keep the glass half full and keep moving on.”
NAPA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley missed his third straight training camp practice on Sunday with a hip strain, and while coach Jon Gruden said he did not have a timetable for Conley to return to practice, he did say it was a “fair assessment” that he would miss a few weeks.
Conley, the Raiders’ first-round draft pick in 2017, was limited to two games of his rookie season due to a shin injury originally suffered in the offseason that cost him all of training camp and the preseason and later required surgery.
“I don’t know if ‘concerned’ is the word; I think ‘disappointed’ is the word,” Gruden said. “He comes out and starts training camp, he’s in superb shape, he makes a great play and he gets a setback. Hopefully he comes back sooner than later. But ‘disappointed’ is the big word, I think.”
Conley suffered a minor groin strain in mandatory minicamp in June but was a full go in Friday’s opening camp practice, which was not in full pads.
On one play, after being beaten by a receiver who ran a comeback route, Conley recovered in time to reverse field and punch the ball out.
Conley was seen briefly during practice on Monday afternoon working on a side field with a trainer, doing resistance-band work. In his absence, Daryl Worley has been getting first-team snaps at right cornerback.
“His heart is broken,” Gruden said of Conley. “He’s put a lot into this and he knows he’s got to stay healthy to get out there for us, because we need him.”