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As a repeat offender, Vontaze Burfict may face a suspension

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getty Images

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will surely receive league discipline for his hit to the head that gave Steelers receiver Antonio Brown a concussion. But Burfict’s discipline may not simply be the routine fine that players regularly get for helmet-to-helmet hits.

NFL discipline is designed to come down harder on repeat offenders, and Burfict’s status as a repeat offender could lead to a suspension.

Burfict was fined for three different penalties he committed the last time he played the Steelers, one low hit on Ben Roethlisberger and two unnecessary roughness calls.

In 2014, Burfict was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Panthers players. In that incident, many thought Burfict got off easy, and Panthers players openly called for Burfict to be suspended.

In 2013, Burfict was fined $31,000 after one game and $21,000 after another for multiple violations, including two separate hits to the head and neck area of opposing players.

Add it all up, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that repeated fines aren’t getting through to Burfict. When that happens, the NFL’s next step is usually to impose a suspension. There’s a good chance Burfict won’t be on the field when the regular season begins in eight months.

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  1. evrybdyhas1 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:49 AM

    Duh! You think multi-games!

  2. lucky5936 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:51 AM

    And who is going to suspend the NFL for placing the same exact referee crew who struggled to maintain order the last time these two teams met, to referee this playoff game? Anyone with common sense would know these two division rivals were going to go all out with playoff survival on the line.

  3. All-American Voltron says: Jan 10, 2016 9:51 AM

    2 years in a row where the Bengals have injured important Steelers players on their way to a playoff game. That’s messed up …

  4. theageofquarrel says: Jan 10, 2016 9:52 AM

    Hahahaha! What a Bungle

  5. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 10, 2016 9:52 AM

    Not if Pittsburgh football talk has anything to say about it. Give it a rest

  6. relggigeht says: Jan 10, 2016 9:52 AM

    Steeler Nation rocks!!

  7. karmathaitch says: Jan 10, 2016 9:53 AM

    As crazy as things got, I was still highly entertained

  8. dolfan72 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:56 AM

    Paul Brown is spinning in his grave!

  9. yooperman says: Jan 10, 2016 9:57 AM

    You can fix stupid! Get rid of it.

  10. mickmars says: Jan 10, 2016 9:57 AM

    Guys a criminal wearing an NFL uniform.

  11. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 10, 2016 9:57 AM

    I would like to know the total dollar amount he has been fined. Anyone know?

  12. swellbuilt says: Jan 10, 2016 9:57 AM

    Hey, nobody is burfict.

  13. infectorman says: Jan 10, 2016 9:58 AM

    BunglesofBonnie

  14. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 10, 2016 9:59 AM

    Why wouldn’t he get suspended for the next playoff game???

  15. ncphinsfan says: Jan 10, 2016 10:00 AM

    As a fan of the game and of neither team it was good football to watch for most it. However, the meltdown was a horror to watch. Marvin Lewis, the Refs, the Steelers Asst Coaches all are to blame for their contribution, but Burfict went beyond comprehension and acted like an animal and not an athlete. Period! Deserves to be Suspended.

  16. lp0320 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:00 AM

    The man should not be in the NFL. Intent to injure is his method of operation.

  17. holeinone09 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:01 AM

    “May” get suspended? He will be suspended and should have been ejected from that the game. He is trash.

  18. pw1265 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:01 AM

    Classless, dirty player. Just like he was in college.
    Glad he is not on my team.

  19. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 10, 2016 10:01 AM

    And Porter should be suspended for the remaining post season games + 8 games in the 2016 NFL season.

  20. sidepull says: Jan 10, 2016 10:02 AM

    Keep thinking you have the game won. Keep being an idiot and running up the tunnel with the ball. Serves you right you classless chump.

  21. logast says: Jan 10, 2016 10:02 AM

    Dirty player. With a coaching staff that enables that type of play. The complete lack of discipline and character shown by Cincy starts at the top.

  22. dirtycallahan says: Jan 10, 2016 10:04 AM

    Stealer coaches are also repeat offenders. They were supposed to lose draft picks next time a coach affected a game.

  23. thesteelhurtin says: Jan 10, 2016 10:07 AM

    Lucky it was a different crew in fact they said in the pregame that crew had never worked together before. They make all star crew for the playoffs.

  24. lingsun54 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:10 AM

    It isn’t going to stop unless players get suspended for at least 4 games and repeat offenders are banned from the league.

  25. gridirongod says: Jan 10, 2016 10:11 AM

    And people say Suh is dirty! How many times does this guy need to get fined before he is suspended?

  26. sudz28 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    I don’t understand why he wasn’t ejected from the game the last time they played when he went over to ‘confront’ the Steelers during warm-ups. Then he got away with several cheap shots. He should have been ejected in last nights playoff game prior to this incident. Glad to see he was able to live up to his billing as “Most likely to screw his team with a stupid penalty”.

    “Burfict’d out of the playoffs!”

  27. pats555 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    Has anyone seen dr rusty? I’m worried.

  28. hmonrdick says: Jan 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    This whole thing was inevitable. Many years ago, when the NFL turned a blind eye toward trash talking, it created the slippery slope that has led to out-of-control conduct. The NFL’s inconsistency in prohibiting the mildest of celebrations, but allowing players to trash talk just short of taunting, will cause more and more of these types of actions, unless and until it takes a hard look at the whole spectrum of player conduct.

  29. metitometin says: Jan 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    If the Bengals want to have any credibility left, they need to give this guy his walking papers today and tell him where he can shove it. He cost the Bengals a win with his out of control behavior and if they don’t release him, they’re making it clear they endorse his type of punk behavior.

  30. jayfeelysscuffedballs says: Jan 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    If the Bengals won, no way NFL suspends him for Pat’s game.

  31. detroitfrankie says: Jan 10, 2016 10:15 AM

    There was barely any contact made, he barely brushed him with his shoulder, people need to stop doing stupid pills

  32. carloswlassiter says: Jan 10, 2016 10:16 AM

    All-American Voltron says:
    Jan 10, 2016 9:51 AM

    2 years in a row where the Bengals have injured important Steelers players on their way to a playoff game. That’s messed up …
    ————————————————————-
    And Eifert and Bernard were concussed by headshots from Steelers in consecutive games.

    Plenty of bad behavior to go around, though I will admit that Burfict is a special case who is going to kill someone if the league doesn’t stop him first.

  33. jimmyleecox says: Jan 10, 2016 10:19 AM

    This is exactly what the NFL wants. If they want, they can fix it but they refuse to do that. Start throwing players out of the current game and see how long it lasts

  34. joseferreira1967 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:20 AM

    Well, he can always take consolation in the fact he’ll be able to continue hating the Steeelers in the confort of his favorite couch!!! Word is he’s vacationing with Jones, apparently they were already late for their flight when they rushed to the exit tunnel last night, and they have a consolation prize waiting for them when they arrive at their zillion star resort their fancy NFL salaries allow them to afford…’I’m with this idiot’ a custom version of the ‘popular’ shirt in the colors of the franchise they screwed last night and that just happened to have paid the salary that allows them to be in the zillion star resort in the first place!!!

  35. koenig61 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:20 AM

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. A few years ago, the steelers James harrison DPOY was made out to be goodells poster child for being too aggressive on the field, for hitting too hard. Then it was suh,mans now it’s Burficts turn. I think a lot of players play up to the edge, and as anyone knows mess around on the edge long enough and your bound to cross that line. That is what happened to Harrison, suh and now burfict. Any fan on here who said suspend Harrison, or suh, is a hypocrite if they aren’t also saying suspend burfict. Deion sanders is saying burfict is being punched for past transgressions well duh that’s what repeat offender means.

  36. azjohnny says: Jan 10, 2016 10:20 AM

    I remember a game when Burfict had 3 personal foul calls,in one drive when he was at ASU

  37. bassplucker says: Jan 10, 2016 10:21 AM

    When you combine a playoff game with an intense divisional rivalry, the officials need to know they are empowered and in fact expected to take radical steps if needed. How nobody was tossed from that game defies explanation and the result was an embarrassment for both teams and tge league.

    I cant help but think the game may have been radically different if deCastro and Burfixt had been ejected simultaneously after that scuffle in the end zone. Two high caliber srarters, one from each team sent off the gield for the duration would gave sent a clear and gotten two of the biggest instigators off the field.

    I personally could not believe how much abuse the refs tolerated from ther players and the sidelines of both fields. Blandinos offuce clearly failed because it looked like those refs were scared silly out there and didn’t feel empowered to use the nuclear option which was clearly warranted in several cases. Unfortunately the result is tgat this will niw be seen as the new normal for coach and player behavior in the playoffs.

  38. jchipwood says: Jan 10, 2016 10:21 AM

    I heard Burfict also got fined for hurting someone else’s feelings.

  39. stevedenetz says: Jan 10, 2016 10:22 AM

    there was a lot of chippiness out there last night, but whenever it seemed over the top it was him. he does need to miss some games, but the punishment was inflicted on the bengals franchise when, because of his actions at the worst time, his last act of idiocy cost them the rest of the postseason and probably will contribute to his coach losing his job.

  40. jayhawk6 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:24 AM

    Burflict keeps on showing us why he went undrafted.

  41. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 10, 2016 10:24 AM

    What a great role model Burfict is……I hope my 13 year old grows up to be just like him, smh.

  42. laxer37 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:25 AM

    Jerry Jones probably working the phones to trade for Burfict’s right now.

  43. georgeremus says: Jan 10, 2016 10:28 AM

    It’s entertainment and the NFL loves all this attention. More eyeballs, higher ratings and more money. They will spin it that they want to clean this up but behind close doors they are loving it.

  44. delhommed says: Jan 10, 2016 10:31 AM

    Suspended? How about KICKED OUT?

  45. arktikman says: Jan 10, 2016 10:31 AM

    Burfict should plead insanity. Or maybe someone came back in his jersey after he went into the tunnel? I never used to believe in karma, but the end of that game has me second guessing its existence.

  46. rankster1950 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:33 AM

    Swear to god deion Sanders was intoxicated on NFL network last night. He was hysterical to watch.

  47. craigkintexas says: Jan 10, 2016 10:37 AM

    laxer37 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 10:25 AM

    Jerry Jones probably working the phones to trade for Burfict’s right now.
    ********************************************
    No, Jerrah won’t make a deal on him until he beats his girlfriend or wife, or both.

  48. bassplucker says: Jan 10, 2016 10:38 AM

    Not a big fan of the college “targeting” rule because of how inconsistently it is applied but if had been in play last night then Burfict and Shazier would not have finished the game. Those were both textbook examples of what they’re trying to eliminate from college ball.

  49. MostlyRight says: Jan 10, 2016 10:38 AM

    Since he was a Sun Devil Burfict is an uncontrollable beast of a football player who will either win or lose you the game.

  50. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 10, 2016 10:39 AM

    Plenty of bad behavior to go around, though I will admit that Burfict is a special case who is going to kill someone if the league doesn’t stop him first.

    This commenter rarely says anything of value so this lukewarm attempt deserves a pinch on the cheek. Way to go sunny.
    Had Burfict done this to a Patriot the commenters post would have been rage not milk toast… But that’s just a homer.

    Surprised the Quennof the dirt balls is not here to defend Burfict. Come out of hiding Bonnie!

  51. openfieldtackle says: Jan 10, 2016 10:39 AM

    Marvin Lewis is the problem here. He has the ability to bench a problem player but was caught in a bad position of 25 straight years of losing or having a potential murderer on the field.
    This team is like a prison football team. Fire Lewis and put the DC in charge! Embarrassment for the entire Cincy organization. If not make a statement and cut Burfict after the Super Bowl. He will be suspended anyway for 2016 and this saves face.

  52. johnc44 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:39 AM

    You guys need to go watch some touch football games.
    As a Bengal fan that loss was on J.Hill not Burfict.
    Burfict got them back in the game with a big sack and should`ve sealed it with a great pick.
    The last penalty is what it is.Like James Harrison said after the game.It`s a penalty in to the league office but as a player it`s unavoidable contact.He took 1 step after the ball went by.Looks bad in slow motion but in real time unavoidable.If you want to say Shazier hit is legal to use the crown because Bernard was a runner then why was Shawn Williams flagged for hitting Wheaton with his shoulder in the chest 3 steps after the catch.Pitt got every 50/50 call and every benefit of the doubt call as usual but the officials didn`t lose the game and neither did Burfict.That honor goes to Hill but stop the Bengals are dirty talk when the Bengals have come away from 4 straight Steeler games when concussed players.

  53. 1historian says: Jan 10, 2016 10:43 AM

    I have to admit that when Burfict intercepted the pass with less than 2 minutes to go – I turned off the TV and went beddy-bye.

    Silly me

  54. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Jan 10, 2016 10:54 AM

    Maybe it was a good thing these 2 Cincy players had meltdowns on an NFL field rather than on a

    lonely stretch of highway at night where a state trooper is put at risk handling such volatile mentally unstable players……

    It is an indictment on the NFL that they allow such people to wear a uniform.

    Remove the NFLs non profit status.

    Owners are going to end up killing an innocent person either on or off the field.

  55. maestro1899 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:54 AM

    Sam Wyche, “You’re not from Cleveland. You’re from Cincinatti!”

    Cincinatti showed its true colors last night. Throwing water bottles at an injured player on a cart? Clasy, Cincy, classy.

    I hope you all are proud of your boys, Vontaze Burflict and “Pacman” Jones.

  56. cornernum23 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:58 AM

    Have we forgotten that this is the same guy who was a first-round talent coming out of college but went undrafted because of similar issues? It’s a wonder he hasn’t been suspended for this kind of crap already. I’m a Detroit fan and after putting up with Suh for 4 years I don’t have much patience at all for this kind of player no matter how good they are.

  57. tonebones says: Jan 10, 2016 10:59 AM

    If you didn’t watch the game, and some one told you that two Bengals players committed mental errors in the final 30 seconds that cost them the game, most NFL personnel people would be able to correctly guess Vontaze Burfict and Pacman Jones. The Brown family has total disregard for a guy’s character when they sign players. They are not capable of running the team. It’s the reason the classy Carson Palmer left. They let Just Smith walk away, but they sign these two idiots. Marvin Lewis would be fired if he benched either of these guys. He’s the coach. He has no say over personnel matters. These aren’t the only two criminals that have played for the Bengals. This is a Mike Brown problem, and he doesn’t get it.

  58. voyager6 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:59 AM

    In that situation, where the receiver was high in he air coming down, his head was changing height too fast for anyone to adjust to and am impact was unavoidable.

    However, combined with all the other stuff that went on in the game, Burfict deserves a suspension.

    Bengals fan

  59. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Jan 10, 2016 11:00 AM

    I’ve been stating for 3 years Burfict is the dirtiest player in the NFL. He intends to injure players. The head shot to Brown is just another example. Not only did he lose this game for Cincy, but he damn near paralyzed a player.
    He should be banished for a year without pay and put on permanent probation.

  60. johnc44 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:00 AM

    We can`t all be as “classy” as the Steelers and have our coaches trip players on kick returns,pull their hair on the side lines go out on the field cussing players and players dishing out head shots to AJ.Green,T.Eifert & G.Bernard. Pot meet kettle.

  61. reddzen says: Jan 10, 2016 11:01 AM

    Steelers Nation does not rock, and both teams didn’t look like they should have been in the postseason to me, but frankly….this guy should be kicked out of the league. He has a history of this sort of thing and it was purposeful, on a defenseless receiver who hadn’t even caught a ball. I wouldn’t fine him, or suspend him. I would kick him out of the league.

    And this is from an anti-Steelers guy. Cincy’s behavior, as a team and as a city, made me start rooting for my arch rival, something I haven’t done in like, 40 years.

  62. tommariner says: Jan 10, 2016 11:03 AM

    How about having this clown stood up and take hits to the head from every lineman on opposing teams? When he gets out of the hospital for massive concussions and broken bones, let’s see if this brutal coward wants to win by injuring the opposing team?

  63. theageofquarrel says: Jan 10, 2016 11:03 AM

    The best part of the who game last night was when CBS carted out all the stats to show the world just how inept the Bungles franchise really is.
    Good times!

  64. cbass59 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:04 AM

    Bye bye Cincitucky losers. Go cry somewhere else.

  65. dolphins4 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:09 AM

    After watching Marvin Lewis lose another playoff game I realized if Andy Reid or Chip Kelly were coaching the Bengals they would still be there.

  66. tommytd says: Jan 10, 2016 11:10 AM

    Ship ’em to the Raiders.

  67. truthprofessor says: Jan 10, 2016 11:11 AM

    moral: don’t sign stupid, undisciplined players, since they always find a way to make you lose

  68. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 10, 2016 11:12 AM

    What an embarrassment. Both teams should receive heavy fines and suspensions. And it all starts at the top.

    However, the inaction on the part of Lewis (he can’t seem to get some of his players under control) pales in comparison to the again classless actions of Tomlin and his assistants from pre-game (Tomlin standing with his toes on the 50 staring down CIN players) to the end (how is Porter not flagged for being on the field and shooting his mouth off?).

    Every roster has its knuckleheads but the coaches should be above that. Their actions in this game were disgraceful.

  69. thegonz13 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:13 AM

    Burfict, y’all may remember, was deemed “undraftable” when he came out of Arizona State because of his anger management issues and his propensity for getting flagged for personal fouls.

    Personally, besides being suspended, I believe the guy should undergo a complete and thorough psychiatric evaluation. Seriously. No one will ever make me believe this person doesn’t have mental issues.

  70. laxcoach37 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:14 AM

    I am not a fan of either team, but coming in here and making excuses, blaming the Refs etc. is just silly. The Coach that didn’t get control, a Pacman and a Wildman that went nuts and put themselves first before the team. What astonishes me was the debris the Fans threw on the field and at players. For this they deserve their punisment 0-8 in the Playoffs. An NFL record for Choking and the last one was a doozy. Stay Classy Cinci!

  71. siskiyoublues says: Jan 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    As someone who watched the game rooting for neither team, I am totally shocked at the high horse some steelers fans seem to be riding on. Both teams acted embarrassing and unacceptable. For me the two games yesterday symbolized everything about the watered down crap the NFL has been presenting to us.

  72. rickybobbie says: Jan 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    Oh come on if the Bengals released Burficit today, the Steelers would pick him up tomorrow.

    There were hits on both sides that were made with an intent to, “add a little mustard”. NFL players have been quoted as feeling like they were in a car wreck after a game. Some part of the typical NFL fan psychi is to slow down and watch the wreck. You never want to see anyone get hurt but you like the see the wreck – just like NASCAR.

  73. dynalee10 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    That kind of behavior is always present with “players coaches” basically they don’t require discipline and accountability from their players .

  74. cross300 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:18 AM

    He should definitely be suspended. He should also cost his coach a job for not keeping control of this player. If the league does nothing the coach should.

  75. reddzen says: Jan 10, 2016 11:19 AM

    In that situation, where the receiver was high in he air coming down, his head was changing height too fast for anyone to adjust to and am impact was unavoidable.

    However, combined with all the other stuff that went on in the game, Burfict deserves a suspension.

    Bengals fan

    —-

    I appreciate the honesty as one who played the game and the position (obviously not at that level), I think he screwed up. Forget the rules, he had enough steps to change the trajectory, and he didn’t. So while we agree he deserves a suspension, I don’t agree that he couldn’t change what he was doing. That was intentional.

  76. ocdn says: Jan 10, 2016 11:19 AM

    Not a Bengals or Steelers fan. Way to cost your team the game Moron. You and Pacman deserve each other. Go run out the tunnel now……..

  77. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jan 10, 2016 11:20 AM

    Ryan Shazier’s hit was textbook. He didn’t spear anyone. He buried his face mask in the runners chest; something they teach you your first day of practice at 7 years old

  78. reddzen says: Jan 10, 2016 11:21 AM

    rickybobbie says:
    Jan 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    Oh come on if the Bengals released Burficit today, the Steelers would pick him up tomorrow.

    There were hits on both sides that were made with an intent to, “add a little mustard”. NFL players have been quoted as feeling like they were in a car wreck after a game. Some part of the typical NFL fan psychi is to slow down and watch the wreck. You never want to see anyone get hurt but you like the see the wreck – just like NASCAR.

    —-

    Having watched Darryl Stingley live, no, I don’t want to see the wreck. But at least you explained why I don’t like NASCAR either.

  79. moralorel says: Jan 10, 2016 11:24 AM

    You guys are sheep. Phil Simms is an idiot. How many times did he call out Burfict for being in the middle of something only to see, through replay, that it wasn’t him?

    Or how about analyzing a perfect …err a BURFICT, sack on Rottenbugger wondering .. actually claiming, it was dirty, when it clearly wasn’t?

    The contact on Antonio Brown was incidental. If the NFL has any integrity, Vontaze will be exonerated.

  80. jamaltimore says: Jan 10, 2016 11:28 AM

    NFL is a Joke. He was turning away pulled in his shoulder to avoid laying the guy out. Plus Jim Nance saying at least 5 times to review the sack of rothlesberger as if it was a “dirty hit” made me want to puke.

    I hope the whole NFL goes down the tubes the way of prize fighting.

  81. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 10, 2016 11:29 AM

    Will Shazier be fined for his helmet to helmet on Bernard? Probably not for all examples are set using the Bengals!

  82. jerrytagge says: Jan 10, 2016 11:33 AM

    Completely innocuous comment.

  83. johnc44 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:35 AM

    The fans acting like that was a vicious play need to go watch another sport.Was it a penalty in today`s soft NFL?Yes.But whether he dropped his shoulder trying to slide by or dropped it trying to target only he knows because it happened in a split second real time but contact was unavoidable because Brown`s head came down first and Burfict only had 1 full stride step which doesn`t leave time to change direction.
    Player safety is one thing but Shawn Williams got penalized for hitting Wheaton too hard.Head out of the way,shoulder in the chest 3 steps after the catch.
    I thought the NFL was going to lose a lot of fans for going so soft but i was wrong.Most fans have just followed along and gone even softer.Just give them all a participation trophy if you want but God help us all because we`ve gone way too soft way too fast in this country.

  84. oldhuskerfan says: Jan 10, 2016 11:36 AM

    I’ve watched Marvin Lewis’s lack of control of his players for years and that alone makes me root against the Bengals. Then watching Mike Tomlin and his lack of class makes me as an old Steeler fan not much of Steeler fan anymore. When a team doesn’t have a handle of the players actions, it comes down to the coach, nothing more. If Lewis fears getting fired for suspending players, it’s still his responsibility. If he doesn’t have the cojones to do what’s right, well, he’s a damn poor coach.

  85. joetoronto says: Jan 10, 2016 11:40 AM

    Marvin Lewis was defending this megaturd and blaming it on the officials. You meatheads that continue to support Lewis and the turds deserve the 25 years of futility.

  86. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 10, 2016 11:42 AM

    I truly enjoyed Burfict’s victory sprint down the tunnel.

    How’d that one work out for ya?

  87. jbdvks says: Jan 10, 2016 11:44 AM

    He’s done in Bengals nation. Book it!

  88. RE LEE says: Jan 10, 2016 11:49 AM

    My friend wanted the Bengals to win so the Pats can play them. I told him I much rather the Pats face the Chiefs. Win or lose, you know it is by merit and not by some dirty players taking players out.
    Some players in the Bengals and Steelers are real dirty. I just feel bad for the players who got hurt. A few rotten apples sure spoil the team. I blame the coaches who tolerate this behavior and the NFL which let out of control behavior go on in the field. Just look at the stupid classless antics that went on.
    Now we’ll watch the Broncos and the Steelers. I feel bad for Peyton and Ben. I hope the dirty players will mind their manners.
    That Shazier dude of the Steelers looked like a dancing Voldemort. Creepy. That Burfict slime does not belong in any professional sport. It’s a good thing they bungled the game. Maybe the team will cut the cancer.

  89. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Jan 10, 2016 11:59 AM

    20 years ago one of my best friends broke his neck in a swimming accident. I’d never wish a spinal cord injury on anyone especially after seeing what he’s been through. I’m a Browns fan and I’ve seen the steelers look the other way time and time again with head hunters of their own. I love a physical football game but these guys shouldn’t be in the league. No amount of money is worth being paralyzed.

  90. 1969mojo says: Jan 10, 2016 12:05 PM

    I am sure the Bengals/Steelers will open the season next year so any suspension would cause him to miss that game.

  91. p6one6 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:08 PM

    The refs lost control of the game when they didn’t call anything on Shazier.

    The Bengals lost control and cost themselves the game, no matter how much the refs didn’t have control over the game. At some point they needed a guy out on the field getting those with the tempers away from anything and reminding them not to blow the game.

    But it all comes down to a poorly coached team. The lack of keeping their cool, the fighting for extra yard when you basically just need to run it 3 times and you have the clock down to nothing with little shot of the win for the Steelers. The coaching staff was nowhere to be found when it came to helping their team lock up the win.

  92. thun2der says: Jan 10, 2016 12:18 PM

    Anyone on here defending Burfict is a coward, and not willing to admit that a player on your team was completely in the wrong when it is so frickin obvious is cowardly. Just like Burfict himself, who is a total wuss. Last year, after the players he tacled were down he then intentionally twisted their ankles. He dives at players’ legs constantly, and then makes probably the dumbest and most cheap shot hit of the year against Brown, which caused his team to lose the game. He is garbage, a criminal in a uniform, human debris. All you Cinci fans just admit it, don’t be cowards

  93. nyking1963 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:19 PM

    Interesting thing about the Burfict conversation is what would people be saying about him if not for the fact that the bum Hill fumbles the ball..Burfict should have been the hero. Say what you want about the coaching, officiating and dirty play on both sides, Jeremy Hill is the only reason the Bengals aren’t playing NE next week. I don’t care about how many TD ‘s he scored, he’s been the biggest disappointment for the Bengals this year.

  94. johntonioholmes says: Jan 10, 2016 12:20 PM

    James Harrison had 4 illegal hits over the course of 2 seasons and was suspended a game for that. How is Burfict even in the league with that precedent?

  95. truths4all says: Jan 10, 2016 12:24 PM

    These NFL refs gave many blind looks at infractions by Steeler players, as they always do. The Rooneys must have a lockbox of Goodell pics doing awful things with animals and dissecting little creatures with great glee.

    With all that, Cincy still managed to snatch defeat to their bosoms from the jaws of victory by some of the dumbest and worst brainless football every to be broadcast.

    And to think idiot Bengals fans still hate Palmer for jacking up the poker stakes so he could escape the Brown Insane Asylum.

    Carson Palmer: “Thank God, I am free at last from the Brown Hell into the land of milk and honey in AZ.”

  96. jastemtx says: Jan 10, 2016 12:28 PM

    Needs a long suspension. Part of the reason the NFL is so watered down now with all the rules is due to dirty players like him.

  97. nyking1963 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:30 PM

    Anyone on here defending Burfict is a coward, and not willing to admit that a player on your team was completely in the wrong when it is so frickin obvious is cowardly. Just like Burfict himself, who is a total wuss. Last year, after the players he tacled were down he then intentionally twisted their ankles. He dives at players’ legs constantly, and then makes probably the dumbest and most cheap shot hit of the year against Brown, which caused his team to lose the game. He is garbage, a criminal in a uniform, human debris. All you Cinci fans just admit it, don’t be cowards
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    Sure thing. Let me know when a Steelers fan says the same about James Harrison. A guy who fits the description you gave perfectly.

  98. whodeytn says: Jan 10, 2016 12:32 PM

    By runner’s chest, do you mean face mask? And it was a clear launch & spear, btw.
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    Ryan Shazier’s hit was textbook. He didn’t spear anyone. He buried his face mask in the runners chest; something they teach you your first day of practice at 7 years old

  99. hoosierhandicapper says: Jan 10, 2016 12:33 PM

    Not sure why my previous post was deleted other than for posting a link, but if want to a hidden Burfict knee jam to Ben’s shoulder after that sack.

    Google “Burfict cheap shot shoulder.”

  100. clashpoint says: Jan 10, 2016 12:43 PM

    On the hit that hurt Roethlisberger, the reverse angle cam shows Burfict pivoting while on Ben to drive his knee into Ben’s shoulder. Find it and watch it.

    On the early altercation with Ramon Foster where Foster gets flagged, watch where Burfict stomps on Fosters foot and ankle to start it. Find that film clip and watch it.

    Burfict is the dirtiest player by far in football and should be punished severely and accordingly.

  101. dolfan72 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:44 PM

    I know why the BUNGLES lost! STEVE HARVEY was coaching them!

  102. immafubared says: Jan 10, 2016 12:47 PM

    I blame the Commissioner for a lot of this. D back and linebackers no longer use arm tackles. The new method is shoulder and helmit hits. One player said it was due to not being able to learn adequate tackling methods due to the change in time they can practice and have physical contact.

    Thus the Commish who came out on day one and said his main job was to make the game safer did things that made it worse actually. If he fails to eject this animal from the game completely and send a message, then his words are useless. I don’t want to hear them.

  103. bonniebengal says: Jan 10, 2016 12:49 PM

    Burfict’s hit on Brown was dirty and very similar to Mitchell’s hit on Eifert. Mitchell wasn’t suspended. All of you people saying cut Burfict would be happy if your team picked him up. Because make no doubt about it, he would be picked up by a team immediately if cut. He is a talented player. The NFL is filled with talented players with issues and owners willing to pay them.

  104. jkibler1 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:51 PM

    Is there really any doubt where he would be if he wasn’t playing football??? I doubt he would fit through any escape tunnels in his shower though

  105. howiehandles says: Jan 10, 2016 1:01 PM

    Burflict
    Bungles
    Battlestar Galactica!

  106. Knute's Knuggets says: Jan 10, 2016 1:01 PM

    Porter incited, Jones indicted.

  107. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 10, 2016 1:16 PM

    Burfict’s hit on Brown was dirty and very similar to Mitchell’s hit on Eifert. Mitchell wasn’t suspended. All of you people saying cut Burfict would be happy if your team picked him up. Because make no doubt about it, he would be picked up by a team immediately if cut. He is a talented player. The NFL is filled with talented players with issues and owners willing to pay them.

    The hits are not similar at all to an OBJECTIVE observer. However if you support an intentional cheap shot artist I guess you could say that Bonnie. You should be ashamed to be supporting someone who try’s to hurt another player……pathetic even for a homer like you Bonnie…..child you need help. Enjoy another one and done Bonnie.

  108. sariff420 says: Jan 10, 2016 1:21 PM

    Agree it was a stupid play. But the holier than thou attitude from fans calling for multi game suspension is just comical. Freaking out like little girls

  109. thedingo8 says: Jan 10, 2016 1:21 PM

    a good coach wins important games……marvin lewis very overrated…..a smart coach would have seen that buffict is not worth the risk..

  110. nhpats says: Jan 10, 2016 1:22 PM

    Remember when Bengals fans were talking about the Bengals going undefeated and winning the SB? How about them Bengals!

  111. xxpoisoniveyxx says: Jan 10, 2016 1:26 PM

    Can’t wait for this train wreck of a person to leave the game and end up penniless.

  112. Deb says: Jan 10, 2016 1:28 PM

    That Shazier dude of the Steelers looked like a dancing Voldemort.

    Can’t tell you how much I wanted the Steelers to take C.J. Mosley over Shazier with that pick. Shazier is a great player … but I’d love to have Mosley in our secondary.

    Shazier’s no head-hunter like Burfict, but I wasn’t thrilled with some of his behavior last night. And I’d be interested to know the story of his missing eyebrows.

  113. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 10, 2016 1:40 PM

    Nice job tossing those bottles at Ben as he was being carted off. Stay classy, Cincy!

  114. mikerobo1026 says: Jan 10, 2016 1:40 PM

    I was thrilled when Shazier stripped Hill to save the game…

    As for Burfict, he has no place in the league. He danced around the field after injuring LeVeon, and has 2 vicious head shots in a league where most players have adjusted to the defenceless receiver rule. Repeat offenders, especially guys that are clearly out to injure others(while dancing around and bragging about it) should be kicked out of the league.

  115. flaccounibrow says: Jan 10, 2016 1:48 PM

    Deb says:
    Jan 10, 2016 1:28 PM
    That Shazier dude of the Steelers looked like a dancing Voldemort.

    Can’t tell you how much I wanted the Steelers to take C.J. Mosley over Shazier with that pick. Shazier is a great player … but I’d love to have Mosley in our secondary.

    Shazier’s no head-hunter like Burfict, but I wasn’t thrilled with some of his behavior last night. And I’d be interested to know the story of his missing eyebrows.

    ____________________
    He has alopecia areata…an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles, and causes in some instances loss of all body hair.

  116. kevo95 says: Jan 10, 2016 1:48 PM

    Dudes a punk should be banned from NFL ,no class

  117. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 10, 2016 1:56 PM

    Remember when Bengals fans were talking about the Bengals going undefeated and winning the SB? How about them Bengals!

    Remember when the Pats said they weren’t cheaters? Is that what you are talking about Skippy?

  118. jjsteelerfan says: Jan 10, 2016 1:56 PM

    The nfl needs to watch all highlights involving Burflect. (Misspelled purposely). The way he tackle is a horse collar without grabbing the inside of the pads he grabs the shoulders and then swings his legs around with all his body weight trying to injure a player. Just watch his highlights and you’ll see. He needs to suspended for the whole year. He has hurt many players in the nfl possibly ending their livelihood. If he can’t see that he is hurting someone’s family member intentionally he does not deserve to play for the nfl. You don’t have to believe me just watch all his tackles. It’s either down low or horse collar to mame or take the player out because he can’t compete fairly.

  119. jjsteelerfan says: Jan 10, 2016 1:59 PM

    The nfl needs to watch all highlights involving Burflect. (Misspelled purposely). The way he tackles is a horse collar without grabbing the inside of the pads he grabs the shoulders and then swings his legs around with all his body weight trying to injure a player. Just watch his highlights and you’ll see. He needs to suspended for the whole year. He has hurt many players in the nfl possibly ending their livelihood. If he can’t see that he is hurting someone’s family member intentionally he does not deserve to play for the nfl. You don’t have to believe me just watch all his tackles. It’s either down low or horse collar to mame or take the player out because he can’t compete fairly.

  120. ravensgrl says: Jan 10, 2016 2:04 PM

    He’s a punk and is one of the main reasons Cincy lost yesterday. They need to do something about keeping it together

  121. captjackwagon says: Jan 10, 2016 2:30 PM

    It is a shame that the game has come down to this. Numerous teams throughout the league have players like Burfict and Jones. How Marvin and Mr. Brown allow these 2 players to be a reflection of the team and the City is beyond understanding. A bigger issue to me was the embarrassment that I feel due to some of the fans that were at the game. To see the animosity by numerous fans and the throwing of beer and water bottles on National television gives the rest on the Cincinnati fans, and the City itself a black eye. The racial slurs that were mentioned and fans actually hoping the Adrian Brown was dead is completely pathetic. I am without words and the individuals that are responsible for the pathetic behavior probably aren’t reading this post/article anyway. If you want our city to be a better place and a family friendly location, start standing up against violence and hostility. Enough is enough. It is just a football game.

  122. driver3blog says: Jan 10, 2016 2:53 PM

    This stuff won’t end till someone ends up dead.
    Brown could have been permanently maimed or killed on that hit.
    The Steelers hit on Bernard was unnecessary roughness, too.
    And Burfict kneed Big Ben’s shoulder when he had him on the ground, too.
    Looked like a couple cases of assault to me.

  123. johnc44 says: Jan 10, 2016 4:06 PM

    Lets just take tackling out of the game all together in the name of player safety.
    If anyone other than a Steeler fan wants to complain about dirty players fine but with the history of that team from Jack Lambert to Joey Porter to James Harrison to Mike Mitchell they have always been the dirtiest team in football.Like all bullies they just don`t like when someone stands up to them instead of being afraid of they are the last team in the NFL that gets to cry about cheap hits.

  124. johnc44 says: Jan 10, 2016 4:16 PM

    To say Shaziers`s was a form tackle in the chest is moronic.Bernard didn`t get a concussion from being hit in the chest.It was helmet to helmet contact when Shazier launched head first.Shawn Williams moved his head to the side and was still called.
    The Bengals lost their cool.They shouldn`t have but the blatant one sided calls by the same official who couldn`t control the last game does get frustrating.
    The Rooneys have always been given every chance to win just ask Seahawks fans.

  125. mmmpierogi says: Jan 10, 2016 6:14 PM

    johnc44 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 4:16 PM
    To say Shaziers`s was a form tackle in the chest is moronic.Bernard didn`t get a concussion from being hit in the chest.It was helmet to helmet contact when Shazier launched head first.Shawn Williams moved his head to the side and was still called.
    The Bengals lost their cool.They shouldn`t have but the blatant one sided calls by the same official who couldn`t control the last game does get frustrating.
    The Rooneys have always been given every chance to win just ask Seahawks fans.

    *************************************************************************************

    Exactly. Burfict and Pacman Jones losing their cool is totally the refs fault. Not like either of them has any history of being total scumbags prior to this game, or Marvin Lewis’ inability to control his team. It’s all the refs fault.

  126. carloswlassiter says: Jan 10, 2016 10:16 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jan 10, 2016 10:39 AM

    Plenty of bad behavior to go around, though I will admit that Burfict is a special case who is going to kill someone if the league doesn’t stop him first.

    This commenter rarely says anything of value so this lukewarm attempt deserves a pinch on the cheek. Way to go sunny.
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    I made my comment about Burfict before even seeing that he had kneed Ben in the shoulder while on the ground – not sure how that escaped the view of everyone at the time but my God that guy is a criminal and needs to go away for while.

  127. stew48 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:10 PM

    I loved the fact that someone noticed that heavy trash talking is a very significant factor in the increased “animal” behavior in the league. It is worse than the clowning or the childish celebrating after a sack, TD or other act that is just part of what they are paid to do. Some of it is enough to make a fan watch less. (gee, that is I)

  128. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 10, 2016 11:14 PM

    Good news Bengals fans – AJ McCarron has STILL won as many playoff games as Andy Dalton.
    ..and as a side benefit, there’s a huge clearance sale going on right now for all your “AFC North Champs” merchandise…

  129. pinwilly6 says: Jan 11, 2016 7:34 AM

    I am so tired of hearing how dirty burficts was. I know it looked terrible but he was crossing the middle. His bad levels were almost a waist level. Castro should also be suspended he body slammed burfict at least three time by grabbing his back numbers.

  130. dman6015 says: Jan 11, 2016 2:47 PM

    Let’s see. In three seasons, he’s been fined about $125K, with more than half ($69K) for one game. I think he needs to sit out several games. Maybe even the entire season. Perhaps it will finally sink in that the NFL doesn’t play that way any more.

  131. irishmanknowsall says: Jan 11, 2016 6:39 PM

    8 game minimum plus a large fine separate from all his missing game checks. He will appeal. Knock it down to 7 games and send a message. Shame on the ref crew for not ejecting him.

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