Bengals upset NFL didn't discipline Steelers for threatening Burfict

Things got chippy in the Steelers-Bengals game well before kickoff, and continued for most of the next three hours. But the gum-flapping, pushing and shoving dates back to last month when Steelers linebacker Vince Williams took issue with Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's gleeful celebration following a tackle on running back Le'Veon Bell that ended Bell's season.

Williams actually threatened Burfict on Twitter, and it's why Burfict confronted Williams before Sunday's game. Predictably, tempers flared:

And after the game -- the Steelers won 33-20 and the Bengals lost Andy Dalton for the near future -- Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth told ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio that the team was frustrated that the NFL didn't discipline Williams after he publicly threatened Burfict.

Whitworth expressed frustration about the league’s failure to take action, raising concerns about the potential consequences of death threats made by NFL players against other NFL players -- especially if fans see those threats and decide either to make threats of their own, or to act on them.

He’s right, and Williams’ behavior seems to constitute a violation of the plain terms of Personal Conduct Policy, which prohibits “[a]ctual or threatened physical violence against another person.”

It's unclear if the NFL has any plans to do anything about either Williams' initial threat or Sunday's pregame scrum. Either way, the Steelers will likely need to win the rest of their regular-season game to make the playoffs, while the Bengals are hoping Dalton can return by January to help the team to its first postseason win in the Marvin Lewis era.

This all started when Williams (98) and Burfict (55) got in each other's faces. (USATSI)
This all started when Williams (98) and Burfict (55) got in each other's faces. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson joined CBS Sports in June 2011. He covers the NFL and NFL Draft for CBSSports.com and CBS Sports HQ, and is a regular on the Pick Six Podcast. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from... Full Bio

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