Bengals’ Burfict Avoids Suspension But Fined $112K For Unnecessary Roughness Vs. Steelers

Jose Verdugo
Octubre 21, 2018

In what might be the least shocking news of the season, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been fined a substantial amount of money for hits that fall under the umbrella of unnecessary roughness.

After pounding Antonio Brown and James Conner last Sunday, as well as pointing at and threatening JuJu Smith-Schuster, Burfict spent his return to the National Football League accruing more fine dollars. In the process, Burfict didn't just hurt Brown, he also hurt his own teammate, Jessie Bates.

Steelers players consistently praise Burfict's ability as a player but say they wish he would tone down the viciousness.

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Brown was evaluated by Pittsburgh's medical staff after the hit, but eventually returned to the game. "How do you allow that stuff?"

The other play he was fined for involved Steelers running back James Conner in the third quarter. He missed the tackle, but you can see why the league fined Burfict as it tries to eliminate contact initiated by the helmet.

He also has been suspended twice for a total of six games, including a three-game ban for a hit on Brown during a 2016 playoff game.

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