Vontaze Burfict facing suspension for hit on Antonio Brown
Vontaze Burfict hates Pittsburgh. We know this because he said as much in the days leading up to Saturday's wild-card matchup -- and through his actions.
Vontaze Burfict hates Pittsburgh. We know this because he said as much in the days leading up to Saturday's wild-card playoff game -- and through his actions; he was fined nearly $70,000 when the two teams met in Week 14, and he found himself in the middle of nearly every skirmish and questionable play again Saturday in Cincinnati.
This is just brutal pic.twitter.com/hBsIAJIBwO— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 10, 2016
And when the Bengals take the field again next fall, Burfict could face suspension, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
And ESPN's Adam Schefter says Burfict's suspension could be at least one game.
"The NFL already fined Burfict $69,454 last month for his combination of plays against Pittsburgh. As a repeat offender, Burfict now is expected to be suspended," Schefter wrote on Facebook.
Those repeat offenses include a hit from Week 17 where Burfict destroyed Ravens tight end Maxx Williams. The ball was thrown to the other side of the field.
Look at this cheap shot from Vontaze Burfict last week on Maxx Williams. Good catch from ESPN Countdown Crew. https://t.co/YXZ3t9v9Q7— Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) January 10, 2016
After the game, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis seemed to support Burfict.
"He's trying to go over and defend the play," Lewis told reporters about the hit on Brown. "There's a lot of balls out there, plays today, calls went different ways. ... [The officials] deemed that to be a hit to the head, and others not today."
The Bengals have now lost eight straight playoff games.
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