One of the fastest-rising stars at ILB in the NFL, Vontaze Burfict’s 2014 season was cut short with a serious knee injury in October.
Cincinnati Bengals star LB Vontaze Burfict is going through a slow recovery from a second microfracture knee surgery and could miss time in 2015.
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Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed this week that, despite already undergoing a difficult knee surgery several months ago, Burfict will now require a second surgery on his knee – this time a much more intensive microfracture surgery designed to regrow cartilage in the knee, and possibly putting his 2015 season at risk.
NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport reported on a phone call he had with Burfict’s surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, in which the surgeon said he believes Burfict will be able to return to full form after the surgery.
“Microfracture has a bad connotation, but there are plenty of guys who have come back and been able to play like before. But it’s not really news when it works out,” ElAttrache said.
An undrafted free agent in 2012 who fought his way to the Bengals starting lineup, Burfict was named 2nd-Team All-Pro in 2013 after recording a whopping 177 tackles along with 3.0 sacks, an interception, 9 pass defenses, a forced fumble and two fumble recoverys, one of which was returned for a TD. He started five games in 2014 before being injured in a Week Eight win over the Baltimore Ravens.