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 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.

And on the penultimate play of the game, Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who suffered a concussion on the play.

That hit -- coupled with a subsequent unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty on Adam Jones -- set up a chip-shot, winning field goal that Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell striped right down the middle.

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.

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.

Vontaze Burfict was fined nearly $70,000 when the Bengals faced the Steelers in Week 14. (USATSI)
Vontaze Burfict was fined nearly $70,000 when the Bengals faced the Steelers in Week 14. (USATSI)
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