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Vontaze Burfict sprains ankle in practice and may not play Sunday

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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

The Cincinnati Bengals may have suffered a significant loss in practice today after starting weakside linebacker Vontaze Burfict sprained his ankle during practice today and is now being listed as questionable for Sunday’s critical matchup against the San Diego Chargers:

With Rey Maualuga’s return, it wouldn’t be as bad of a loss, but the Bengals would love to have him against a red-hot Chargers offense. Currently the NFL’s leading tackler, Burfict has been credited with 118 tackles through the first 11 games, and is on pace to end up with more than 170 stops this season.

"“He’s a monster,” defensive end Michael Johnson said. “Straight up. I love the way Vontaze plays. It’s contagious. It spreads. He’s a very smart player, too. Plays extremely hard.”"