Bengals should go all-out Sunday with caution

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December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) grimaces after being injured against the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

While it’s nice to know Lewis is at least planing on laying all of his starters, the risk of potentially losing players who are already injured for the entire postseason can’t be allowed to occur.

Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict suffered a head injury on Sunday and is now undergoing the NFL concussion protocol. If he were to play Sunday and incur a second concussion, that would probably knock him out of action for up to a month, causing him to miss the entire postseason up until the Super Bowl.

Then there’s starting cornerback Terence Newman, who’s dealing with an MCL sprain. The original injury knocked him out for two games already, and if he were to play Sunday and re-injure it, it would be at least another two weeks until he returned.

The Bengals should play Sunday like a normal game and go all-out for four quarters, but they can’t afford to lose those two players for the duration of the postseason.

If they’re right on the edge of being active vs. inactive, this may be the one time they should play it safe and sit them.

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