Looks like the Bengals Vontaze Burfict is up to his old tricks.
Problem is, all of his old tricks are cheap ones.
Which is why it should come as no surprise that the Cincinnati linebacker is once again being accused of throwing cheap shots during Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, and Ben Roethlisberger now says his antics on the field went beyond what is typical for a competitive, physical football game.
Burfict was fortunate to avoid a flag for a hit to the head and neck area of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who briefly left the field with an injury. Immediately after that play, Roethlisberger says Burfict threatened Pittsburgh receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster by pointing to him and saying “you’re next.”
“He hits A.B., then, literally, as I am under center for the next play, he points at JuJu and says, ‘You’re next,’” Roethlisberger said. “How do you allow that stuff?”
Oddly enough, a video of the play Roethlisberger was referring to shows Burfict pointing in Smith-Schuster’s direction twice before the ball was snapped.
Something tells me Burfict wasn’t saying “good luck.”
Although I’m sure he used a word that rhymes with luck.
Anyway, Burfict is not expected to be suspended for his hit on Brown.
But I think we can all agree he is expected to do this again.
The NFL is looking at that play and several others from Sunday’s game to potentially fine the linebacker. There is a long history of bad blood between Burfict and the Steelers, and you may recall when Smith-Schuster destroyed Burfict with a blindside block during a game last season.
Source: Larry Brown Sports