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Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

LB Vontaze Burfict – Folks enjoy now a classic throwback linebacker, a player who follows his natural instincts and provides an intimidating presence on the field. Enjoy now, because linebackers like this will be long gone in 10 years with how the NFL is flagging and fining players to cover their own rears.

Because of the lawsuits from ex-players and the nature of the game, players like Vontaze are on the endangered list. With that said he will need to be a force this week with all the injuries at LB and NLB. If JK Shaffer or Jason DiManche see extended playing time from scrimmage Burfict will have to continue to be a leader and ensure they know their assignments and adjustments.