Updated: 6 p.m.
A shock wave went through Bengaldom on Friday a few hours before the Bengals boarded their charter to San Diego when the man regarded to be their most indispensable player on defense the past several weeks came up injured at practice.
Listed as limited and questionable on the Friday injury report, starting WLB
Ruled out for the second straight week is right guard
The Bengals linebacking corps just hasn't been able to get settled all year. Four backers are on injured reserve and the Bengals are finally welcoming back middle linebacker
Burfict has yet to miss a game in his two seasons and if he can't go his replacement is going to be most likely Vinny Rey. Rey has played extremely well in place of Maualuga and is three weeks removed from becoming the first Bengal in history to have three sacks and an interception in the same game.
It's a huge game for the linebackers because of the matchup with the NFL's top receiver out of the backfield in Chargers running back Danny Woodhead. The challenge without Burfict would be to come up with another backer besides Rey in coverage. Maualuga has played some in the nickel package with Burfict, but usually plays just first and second downs.
For the Chargers, Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) and long-time center Nick Hardwick (neck) went full in practice Friday and are probable after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday.
Starting wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe, chest) is questionable after not practicing all week. So is starting outside backer Jarret Johnson, who went limited this week after hand surgery. Left tackle D.J. Fluker (knee) went limited Friday after full go Wednesday and Thursday and is probable.