On Friday, we heard the Linebacker Vontaze Burfict sprained his ankle during the team’s walkthrough and there were concerns that he wasn’t going to play in the game yesterday afternoon.
The 2nd year undrafted player out of Arizona State, was on the four flight to San Diego with the team, supporting a walking boot. Burfict a Californian native was not going to miss this important AFC game.
He contributed to 13 tough tackles, and he was playing with a purpose that teammates were in awe of him. Burfict had his family and friends in attendance at the game, and was not gonna miss the game. The “WILL” linebacker wanted to help his team win the game and he sure did.
As fans we knew Burfict wasn’t going to miss the game, he’s a tough player and has grown up as a player, something nobody thought he would do, when no one took a chance in him during the 2011 draft. It has definitely motivated Tez as a player and a person.
The defense held the high tain San Diego Chargers offense to ten points and teammates said Burfict’s effort inspired them and was the difference maker in the Cincinnati 17-10 victory.
Cincinnati Bengals head Coach Marvin Lewis said Burfict will be placed in a boot for much of the week and probably won’t practice until Thursday. The team host the AFC South leaders Indianapolis Colts (8-4), this Sunday in a huge AFC game with playoff seedings implications.
Leading up to the game, Burfict went through a series of drills to test out his ankle, three hours before the game. He convinced the trainer and Lewis that he was good enough to play.
Burfict has grown up as a player and a person, he doesn’t like to be in the spotlight, signs of a humble player that is just playing out there giving his best and helping the team win his number one goal.
He leads the league in tackles and he’s know for his trash talking and hard hitting. But he’s been playing with edge, because nobody took a chance in him. Has worked well for him and the Bengals so far.