Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is a darn good football player, but he's also earning a bad reputation for some questionable hits. A year ago, he went head hunting in a playoff loss to the Steelers, concussing Antonio Brown. That hit led to a three-game suspension. And on Sunday, he hit Martellus Bennett's knee when the ball wasn't anywhere near him.
It turns out, there might've been another incident in the Bengals-Patriots game. As ESPN's Mike Reiss pointed out, Burfict appeared to deliberately step on LeGarrette Blount's leg after a Patriots touchdown.
The video isn't 100 percent conclusive, so you be the judge. At the five-second mark in the video below, Tom Brady appeared to point toward Burfict as if he saw something. But again, that's not entirely conclusive.
Video: From coaches film (courtesy NFL), watch Vontaze Burfict (55) deliberately step on Blount's leg after TD. pic.twitter.com/wtTPqy3XHP— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 17, 2016
After the Patriots' win, Blount talked about the chippy nature of the game, saying that "when you're losing games, it's not easy to take,"according to CSN New England.
He's not wrong. The Bengals dropped to 2-4 on the season with Sunday's loss. And Burfict is under league review for his hit on Bennett.
The NFL might want to take a look at the video above, too. Again, it's not 100 percent conclusive. There are a ton of bodies in the way that obstruct our view of what actually happened.
But, considering it involves a player with a history of going too far, it's probably worth a closer look.