Vontaze Burfict should be suspended for rest of season, says former Browns tackle Joe Thomas
Burfict continues to live up to his reputation as one of the NFL's dirtiest players
It's not just the Steelers who think Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is dirty; former players have taken up the cause too. Donte' Stallworth, who played for six teams (thought not the Steelers or Bengals) across 11 NFL seasons, tweeted this on Wednesday:
On Sunday, Burfict gave Antonio Brown a forearm shiver to the head that looked to be intentional.
But the league reportedly has no plans to discipline him even though he's a repeat offender and, according to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, threatened wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster one play after the hit on Brown.
By the way, "repeat offender" doesn't do justice to just how often Burfict has run afoul of the rules. The Bengals linebacker has a long history of questionable play, including a helmet-to-helmet hit on 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. There was also the dirty hit against the Chiefs during the 2017 preseason, and accusations by the Steelers last season that he appeared to kick fullback Roosevelt Nix during a game.
And that accounts for only some of the transgressions:
It's unclear why the league reportedly won't consider suspending Burfict, though Thomas has some thoughts on the matter.
The Bengals travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Sunday.
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