Patrick Semansky
September 14, 2014
Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) leaves the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Md., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Patrick Semansky

CINCINNATI (AP) Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is active and in the starting lineup against the Atlanta Falcons, giving the Cincinnati Bengals a huge boost.

The Pro Bowl linebacker suffered a concussion during Cincinnati's season-opening win at Baltimore last Sunday. He had to pass the concussion protocol tests to be ruled eligible.

Defensive tackle Devon Still, promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster last week, also is active for the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Still is part of Cincinnati's rotation on the line. He's gotten national attention for his 4-year-old daughter, who is fighting cancer.

The Falcons have only one change in their starting lineup. Gabe Carimi starts at left tackle for rookie Jake Matthews, who has a sprained ankle.


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