Vontaze Burfict appears to kick Steelers player in the head while on ground
Burfict could be facing his second suspension of the 2017 season
The Steelers have a history with Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, one that was renewed Sunday when the two teams met in Pittsburgh. And it didn't take long before Burfict, who was suspended for the first three games of the regular season against the Chiefs during the preseason, made his presence known by using Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix's head as a trampoline:
We're not sure Burfict's two-footed move rises to the level of a kick, but a) Le'Veon Bell is not impressed and b) the league will be the final arbiter of exactly what happened.
The Bengals linebacker has a long history of questionable play, including a helmet-to-helmet hit on Antonio Brown during a 2016 playoff game against the Steelers. That played a part in the league's decision to suspend Burfict for the first three games of the 2016 season. He has also been accused of dirty hits against Ravens tight end Maxx Williams, former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, and former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.
Regarding Burfict's most recent offense, ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert writes that "NFL rules allow for an unsportsmanlike conduct call for kicking an opponent, 'even if no contact is made.'" A flag wasn't thrown, however. Nix told ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler that he felt Burfict's feet hit his helmet but the official told him he didn't see it.
Burfict won't be so lucky when the league office reviews the tape. Now the question becomes if he'll be suspended for the third time in his career and the second time this season, which isn't even two months old.
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