Burfict Cleared

WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict, looking to play his most games in five years, is expected to take the field Monday for the first time this training camp after being cleared for what was believed to be a hamstring issue.

Burfict had been placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list on July 26.

With just two practices before Thursday's pre-season opener against the Bears (7 p.m.-Cincinnati's Channel 12) at Paul Brown Stadium, the earliest Burfict would make his 2018 debut is next week in Dallas.

He can't play in the regular season until the fifth game after serving a suspension for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy. By that time Burfict, 27, would have missed nearly half the 68 games since he made the 2013 Pro Bowl playing all 16. The most he's played since then is 11 in 2016.