Brown, Bell, Ben all injured by Burfict

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict may single-handedly keep the Steelers out of the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh heads to Denver on Sunday with its star receiver, Antonio Brown, and star running back, Le’Veon Bell, both already ruled out of the game, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger listed as questionable. All three were injured by Burfict.

Burfict ended Bell’s season in November with a hit that caused a serious injury, and players on the Steelers were furious with the way Burfict got up and celebrated.

On Saturday, Burfict inflicted a concussion on Brown with an illegal hit to the head, and inflicted a shoulder injury on Roethlisberger on a sack. The hit on Brown was the last straw from the NFL’s perspective, and Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season. The penalty Burfict drew for the hit was also incredibly costly, as it helped the Steelers move into position for their game-winning field goal.

But while the Bengals are done for this season and Burfict will be out for the start of next season, Burfict’s affect on the playoffs continues. The injuries he inflicted may be enough to knock the Steelers out of the playoffs on Sunday.

181 responses to “Brown, Bell, Ben all injured by Burfict

  1. There is no way the Steelers were going to the Superbowl with or without those guys. Defense wins championships.

  2. Breaking news,
    Cincinnati extends Burfict.
    Nfl schedule has Pittsburgh and Cincinnati playing weeks 1&3. So Burfict misses both games

  3. Can we just conclude once and for all: there were no innocent parties in this game.

    Both teams were out to injure. Both teams did dirty and disingenuous (hello Coach Porter) things. And a lot of people got injured, penalized and fined for it. One team won the game, but no one has a moral high ground to stand on.

  4. The Steelers were furious with him, but no one told Shazier the steelers are above doing that thing as he and a team ate danced at midfield with Gio was out.

  5. This is a little misleading – the hit on Bell, as was the sack of Ben (post hit kneeing aside). I think we can all agree the hit on Brown warranted a 15 yard penalty and maybe a game. He’s a dirty guy, but only one went way over the line

  6. “Burfict ended Bell’s season in November with a hit that caused a serious injury, and players on the Steelers were furious with the way Burfict got up and celebrated.”

    Hard to feel bad for Steeler players after Shazier celebrated after on the Bengals logo at midfield and then went to sideline and taunted fans as Giovonni Bernard was being treated for his crown of the helmet hit.

    The Bell hit was 100% normal tackle, just an unfortunate injury. The Roethlisberger hit was a normal hit, and Burfict was going for the ball after it came loose. No defending the Brown hit, shouldn’t have happened.

  7. thats awesome. Players like him are what make primetime TV rivalries. NFL can punish him all they want, but i bet you Week 4 Sunday Night Football is Bengals-Steelers

  8. But Burfict and Bungles fans said Brown was faking. Came onto this website seeing all the arm chair QBs talking about how it was a glancing blow, not a full impact hit. I guess pacman and Burfict,a long with their defenders, are the trash we thought they were.

  9. Porter, Harrison, Von Oelhoffen, etc. have all played on the edge, injured players. Now it happens to them one time and there is an uproar. It’s karma baby!!!!!

  10. Wow, it’s just like that game in 2010 when James Harrison caused concussions for Massaquoi and Cribbs.

  11. Sounds like next season the Steelers need to implement a bounty system.

    Start a fund for whichever Steeler is going to get suspended when the crown of his helmet makes violent contact with Burfict’s knee.

  12. Coincidence? I think not. He’s a very good LB, but he’s also a dirty player who tries to injure his fellow competitors. And this is nothing new. There’s a reason he had a first round grade on him but then went undrafted. He’s a bad guy.

  13. Celebrating aside, I was fine with Burfict’s hit on Bell. To me, it was pretty clean. The injury was incidental.

    Hits on Roethlisberger and Brown were bush league (not to mention the crap he’s done previously — Cam Newton, Maxx Williams, Stephen Hill, etc.). No clue how Bengals fans condone/rationalize/ignore this guy’s behavior every year aside from the fact that they’re just accustomed to having players that behave like this.

  14. Every Bengal fan smiles while reading this. I love steelers fans. How many injuries y’all put on is over the years? Y’all broke our punters jaw, read that again. How does that even happen lol. Either way screw the steelers and the nfl for that matter it’s all rigged

  15. He won that game for Cincy…the coach was a fool for not taking a knee 3 times and kicking a 30 yard field goal with 30 seconds left. The RB was a fool for running and holding onto the ball with one hand. Ya’ll blaming the wrong guy. Yea his move was dumb, but he gift wrapped that game and it was handed away. His penalty was bad, but again had the coach and the RB did what they SHOULD HAVE the game would have had 30 seconds left and no way Pitt comes back.
    I think it’s a bunch of look at the bunny rather than what was.

  16. its called being a young, dynamic Linebacker…he plays football like a gladiator and we consume it with bated breath every Sunday…step off of your pedastals hypocrites…

  17. Bell and Big Jen injuries were incurred on legal football plays. There’s no arguing that, if you leave your biases at the door. Admittedly, he could have easily let up on the Brown hit. This fella is a hella football player, but needs to get his anger management issues under control. It’s clear Marvin cannot. Sad thing is if the Bengals cut him today, he’d be a Steeler tomorrow.

  18. Since that game, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Patriots WR Darryl Stingley who was left a quadriplegic following a hit by Raiders DB Jack Tatum and died at 55 due to complications from his condition. It was a legal hit, but Tatum later wrote the book They Call Me Assassin. Like Burfict, he seemed to revel in his reputation as someone who “takes out” opposing players.

    Football is a brutal sport, and I enjoy hard defense as much as the next fan. But the close-up footage shows Burfict jamming his knee into Roethlisberger’s shoulder after he was down, and the hit on Brown speaks for itself. When guys cross the line from hard hitting to head hunting, they don’t belong in the league. None of us wants to see another Stingley.

  19. I’m going to be selfish and say this sucks for me as a football fan. It’s just not going to be as good of a game without starters on the field. From that perspective, I can empathize with how the NFL has to come down hard in favor of player safety.

  20. The good news: Burfict’s deliberate attempt to injure another player ended the Bengals season. The Steelers probably weren’t going to the Super Bowl anyway. They barely won enough games and needed help just to get into the playoffs from the Bills.

    The Bungles on the other hand, were 12-4 and in the Super Bowl conversation.

    This is a bigger crap on the face of Cincy.

  21. I would have gone with “battered by” just to keep the sweet alliteration rolling.

    P.s. The Bengals should be disbanded

  22. Anyone who saw this criminal in college knows he is a piece of trash. If he hadn’t had Dennis Erickson as a college coach no way he makes it long enough to be in the NFL. First thing Graham did upon getting the job was tell Burfict he was no longer welcome at ASU. Burfict still doesn’t know where any actual classrooms are on that campus. Lawrence Phillips 2.0

  23. Steeler fans need to justify the team’s treatment (or glaring lack thereof) of Mike Webster before they start morally judging anyone.

    It’s one thing to be a dirty player, but to cast a player to the side of the road like a piece of trash is unconscionable.

  24. Two very physical teams. A battle of a game. I do not see a problem. For those who think he should be kicked out baseball or track and field should be your sport….

  25. Burflict is a dirty player and a punk but it’s ironic how this happened to a team that was notorious for years with dirty hits and dirty players.

    Hines Ward would have racked up many fines and suspensions for his dirty style of play, not to mention James Harrison and Joey Porter. Could be Karma?

  26. I guess you could call it the Burfict storm…

    In all seriousness, as a football fan, you want to see the best players out on the field and it’s bad for everyone when you don’t get to see that.

  27. flaccodelic says:
    Jan 15, 2016 1:57 PM
    There is no way the Steelers were going to the Superbowl with or without those guys. Defense wins championships.

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    We only have to look back 1 year to debunk that theory. Indy beat the highly touted Cincy and Denver defense. And the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the most recent SB.

  28. Steelers fans call him a criminal… What exactly did he do that was so criminal? Have Mike Mitchell & James Harrison not done the exact same things?
    I swear, what a butt hurt fan base. Year in year out.

  29. Burfict can be dirty as all get out and not one person on this blog will stop consuming the NFL’s product, nor will any scientific evidence of brain trauma, etc…every single team has had a dirty guy on the team, HE may not have been famous but did you find comfort in that goon being on your squad…yep, ya did.

  30. Amazing how some players (dirty or not) are just kryptonite to an opponent. Bernie Pollard is the Patriot assassin, singlehandedly destroying the seasons of Brady, Welker and Gronk (he was useless in the SB withe shredded ankle) as well as knocking Ridley and the Pats clean out of the playoffs.

  31. ninerfan81 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 2:07 PM
    its called being a young, dynamic Linebacker

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    CJ Mosley, Justin Houston, Luke Kuechly, Khalil Mack, etc. are young, dynamic linebackers.

    All of them also know how to maintain composure and self-control and don’t have a track record for targeting people for injuries like scumbags.

  32. I love all the talk about the guy should be kicked out of the league. Take a look on the season and he has 3 personal fouls, that’s it. Does he get away with dirty play of course he does and so do a ton of NFL players. The play on bell was clean I don’t care how much steeler players or fans whine. The hit on Ben really wasn’t bad all things considered. Brown hit was illegal and you got your flag and squeakly clean Joey Porter started a prison riot. He’s no worse than half the trash Pittsburg either dresses as players or employe as coaches

  33. I know people get irritated when football is sometimes called a “war,” but last week’s game between these two was a little more like war than most games.

    In war, no one wins. One side just loses less than the other. Both teams were out there half to play/win and half to kill each other.

  34. Put some blame on Roethlisberger. On the play he was injured, he had ample time to throw the ball away or turtle a al Tom Brady. It was 3rd & ten, Steelers up by 15. Little reward in retreating towards the endzone.

    It was Ben being Ben. Taking unnecessary risks when the situation did not call for it.

    Turtle, punt, and the crowd isn’t energized.

    Most likely the Steelers win by 10 and Antonio Brown doesn’t get his ghourd squashed.

    The myth-making around Ben’s return is misplaced.

  35. Steeler fans live in Glass houses. Pretty sure it was one of their players that made a dirty hit on Carson Palmer in his prime that changed the whole course of the Bengals franchise and forced the NFL to rewrite the rule book on going at a Qb’s knees

  36. You make it sound like Burfict illegally hit and injured all of them. The hit on Bell was 100% clean… it was unfortunate, but not in any way illegal. Did he get up and celebrate? Yes, but it was also a third down stop, in a big game. No different, however, than Shazier and other Steelers dancing while Gio Bernard was unconscious on the field after the “legal hit he put on him”. Nobody mentions that.

    Also, the hit on Big Ben was 100% legal… Ben said so this week. And don’t tell me he intentionally tried to knee him in the shoulder… again, even Ben said he had no issue with the play.

    The hit on Brown was illegal, and he was properly penalized, and honestly deserved the suspension that followed… but not for not the hits on Ben or Bell. Those were clean.

    Lastly, let’s just keep things in perspective. Remember, it was a hit by Mike Mitchell last season that gave AJ Green a concussion, and knocked him out of the playoffs… it goes both ways.

  37. Dirty players should be kicked out of the league altogether. Otherwise it will just keep happening. And that applies across the board. On any team. If one of my heroes goes out there and purposefully injures another player, then kick him out of the league for good. Plain and simple. We can still have tough football players. But with guys like Burfict, you can actually see his intentional hits. Dirty plays are always obvious and should not be tolerated.

  38. Two of the plays were absolutely legal plays. The Brown hit was really bad and he got what he deserved by the NFL.

    I don’t feel bad for the Steelers. Maybe they should tell their players to not threaten to kill Burfict on Twitter for doing the same thing they have no problem doing. Celebrating. These things didn’t happen until they pushed his buttons by doing that.

  39. ace3hundred says:
    Jan 15, 2016 2:28 PM
    Steeler fans live in Glass houses. Pretty sure it was one of their players that made a dirty hit on Carson Palmer in his prime that changed the whole course of the Bengals franchise and forced the NFL to rewrite the rule book on going at a Qb’s knees

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    You mean the hit by Kimo von Oelhoffen in 2005? The same guy that spent half his career in Cincinnati and left without having any beef with the team? Same guy who apologized contritely after the fact? Same injury that even some Bengals players (e.g., Willie Anderson) acknowledged was clearly not dirty? Yes, I remember that play.

  40. @mmmmpierogie

    And Shazier’s hit was just as damaging but because this guy has been labeled every hard hit he dishes out will be looked at as dirty…every single one of Those dudes you mentioned will try to separate a guy from his soul to cause a turnover…period…and guess what, the next time your team plays the Bengals you’ll be watching…with more attentiveness than you’d pay to a CJ Mosley

  41. “Dude also ended the season for the Cincinnati Bengals.”

    Roflcopter funniest comment of the day

  42. He’s an outstanding linebacker and a POS person
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    Outstanding linebackers keep their cool.
    Outstanding linebackers don’t cost their team a playoff win. Outstanding linebackers don’t try to intentionally end people’s careers.
    Outstanding linebackers don’t attempt to twist players ankles off.

    When he’s not doing any of those things, he’s a really good linebacker. Outstanding? not IMO.

  43. Both teams made dirty hits so neither team’s fan base gets to say they are morally superior than the other. Bengals choked Steelers won and the Steelers are about to get knocked out of the playoffs by the Broncos it is what it is.

  44. There is a solution if people want to stop this sort of dirty play.

    If a player is fined for an illegal hit and the target misses game, the player who made that illegal hit must sit out as many games as the guy he injured.

    Put that in the CBA and you’d see 90% of these hits go away immediately.

  45. If Burfict had played on the steel curtain defence which we are always so reminded of by idiots on here, he would have fit right in. He’s a good hard nosed throwback old school ball player. Completely in the ilk of steel curtain defence. Pitt fans should love this guy, not hate him. I think he’s generally awesome.

  46. ninerfan81 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 2:42 PM
    @mmmmpierogie

    And Shazier’s hit was just as damaging but because this guy has been labeled every hard hit he dishes out will be looked at as dirty…every single one of Those dudes you mentioned will try to separate a guy from his soul to cause a turnover

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    No argument with you. That said, how many of the guys I listed have been caught twisting guys’ ankles after a play has ended or go for concussion-causing hits on guys who clearly aren’t going to come down with the ball? No one tries to rationalize this stuff when Ndamukong Suh does it, but for some reason, they do with Burfict. There’s a reason that he went undrafted in 2012 despite the fact that he was one of the top LBs in that draft class.

  47. I don’t think Burfuct should be kicked out of the league. Players should go after this guy’s knees until he can’t walk anymore.

  48. Wow, what a hitjob of an article. Burfict celebrated during the hit on Bell, because it was a big play. With the exception of the hit on Brown, which can also be interpreted as a clean hit since Brown put his head down into Burfict’s shoulder, what about any of those hits were illegal? What does it matter that he is a common denominator? Do the Bengals, 49ers, Ravens, and Broncos get an article saying that Mike Mitchell, Will Allen, Ryan Shazier, and Cody Wallace influenced their seasons by way of hits on Tyler Eifert, Marvin Jones, Giovani Bernard, Steve Smith Sr., Carlos Hyde, and David Bruton? Why was Cody Wallace not suspended for his illegal late hit against the Broncos? What about a death threat sent by a Steelers player to a Bengals player? What about the Steelers celebrating when Bernard was injured? I mean, don’t get me started on Mike Mitchell. He’s injured players with illegal hits, celebrated those injuries, twisted the leg of a player after the play was over, dove over the line on a kneel down play, tweeted a fan to, “kill yourself,” and as mentioned, targeted Hyde, Eifert, and Jones. Was he suspended? No. It’s so tiresome to see the inconsistency. Look at Tomlin tripping people while on the sideline. Look at his assistant coaches out on the field when they aren’t supposed to be and pulling on an opposing player’s hair when he ran out of bounds. If there is any sort of pattern to point out, it’s the Steelers’ consistency of getting away with multiple transgressions. I’m so tired of the Steelers getting a pass. When the Bengals have a big hitter (Burfict), the media and NFL treat them as criminals. When the Steelers do (Harrison), he’s viewed as though he’s fighting for the “manliness” of the game.

  49. Actually the hit on Brown would have made it a 50 yd FG in the driving rain, not a sure thing, it was Pacman that got them the 35 chip shot…..the sad thing is Burfict is probably happy with himself for inflicting the punishment even though it ended up costing him the win….

  50. lintroller says:

    “The Bell hit was 100% normal tackle, just an unfortunate injury. The Roethlisberger hit was a normal hit, and Burfict was going for the ball after it came loose. No defending the Brown hit, shouldn’t have happened.”

    That was no tackle. It was a WWE move with intent to injure. Take another look at it. Burfict grabbed Bell by the shoulders, Swung his legs 180 degrees to behind Bell and pulled him over backwards out of bounds. Finally, he jumped up with no concern for Bell and ran to the middle of the field to celebrate.

  51. Amazing how Burfict ended Super Bowl aspirations for both the Bengals and the Steelers with that one hit.

    I hadn’t thought such a thing was possible.

  52. I’m no sophisticated writer with a big fancy journalism degree, but if I were going to write a gimmicky alliterative headline I would have written:

    Brown, Bell, Ben Bruised, Battered, Bewildered by Burfict

  53. It would be worth noting that you couldn’t possibly tackle Bell any cleaner. No Steelers player actually believed the tackle was dirty, they just didn’t like the celebration. There’s also not much to be seen with the tackle on Ben. The hit on Brown was needless and dirty, but that’s the ONLY reason the Steelers are still playing this week, so that’s probably an OK trade off for them.

    And I realize it might hurt your narrative, but if you’re going to mention Burfict celebrating, you probably want to mention the entire Steelers Defense having a dance party at the 50 yard line while Gio Bernard is sleeping on the field.

  54. Burfict is the man! Bengals fans are so lucky to have a guy that cheap shots players and goes after their knees. A guy who would sleep just fine if he ended a kids career. A guy that twists ankles after the play is over. A guy that totally speared Maxx Williams in the head and the ball wasn’t even thrown his way. All while causing his team a playoff game. Oh and for the fans that were throwing garbage onto each other and onto a quarterback on a stretcher. You are the image that everyone will get in their heads when they think of Cincy fans. Yup! Trash! Burfict and his loud little annoying whiner of a friend Pacman along with the Cincy fans all deserve each other. Trash on the field and trash in the stands.

  55. Burfict is a dirty player as his reputation precedes him all the way back to college hence why he was undrafted and signed by only the Bengal goon organization. Lets not forget that Burficts history is littered with foul play. He does not belong in the NFL. This type of play will not be rewarded. I am sure what goes around comes around and he will get his one day.

  56. pats777 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 2:21 PM

    Amazing how some players (dirty or not) are just kryptonite to an opponent. Bernie Pollard is the Patriot assassin, singlehandedly destroying the seasons of Brady, Welker and Gronk (he was useless in the SB withe shredded ankle) as well as knocking Ridley and the Pats clean out of the playoffs.

    Welker’s ACL tear was a non-contact injury. Still amazed at people who try to blame/credit Pollard for it. You let him get into your head!

  57. This guy should be banned from the league forever. There is no need for guys who don’t care. Let’s give guys who care and appreciate what they have over a creep like Burfict. Roger Goodell has ruined many careers but here is a guy who should have his career ended and Roger does nothing. Amazing.

  58. Don’t forget about all the hurt feelings he caused Stiller fan.

    Just pretend he’s a head-hunting safety with #43 on his back, or a PED-fueled CB (#26) or James Harrison.
    Stiller fan is only upset that Burfict isn’t on their team.

  59. To all the other 30 teams i`m sorry if the Bengals hurt your players or your feelings.To the Pittsburgh Squealers fans…..Whaa,whaa,whaa! From Jack Lambert to Mike Mitchell you`ve always had dirty players.Cody Wallace had as many roughing penalties as Burfict this season and he`s a CENTER! The shot he took at #30 for Denver a few weeks ago was far “dirtier” than Burficts hit.That guy had to go right to IR so where`s the out cry about HIS safety? What goes around comes around and after watching it for 40 years i`m glad to see the Bengals giving it back instead of just taking it so keep crying Squealers because the more you cry the more i laugh because you`ve had it coming for years.

  60. “Burfict celebrated during the hit on Bell, because it was a big play. ”

    No. Bell made nine yards on first down. Why would there be a celebration for that???

  61. The week before the 2014 playoff game, Mike Mitchell gave AJ Green a concussion with a hard shot to the head. Green was not able to play in the playoff game. SO spare us your crying.

  62. geefan1 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 2:05 PM

    Wow, it’s just like that game in 2010 when James Harrison
    caused concussions for Massaquoi and Cribbs.


    Harrison was coming off being named Defensive Player of the Year
    because no one played better on that side of the ball.
    It was how tough, physical, rough football used to be played.

    Then Goodell showed up and changed football and the rules.
    Goodell then proceeded to make Harrison his whipping, poster boy
    to emphasize the new changes.

    To his credit, the Harrison adjusted his playing style and
    toned down the hits, even though he was already into his 30’s.

    Now, 6 yrs later and Goodell’s rules have been fully implemented,
    and we have Burfict still playing to the edge and crossing over it
    by adding his own version of dirty sauce elements to his play style.
    A physical style for which he has been rebuked, penalized, fined
    and suspended for, since his playing days in highschool.

    A style and behavior for which all 32 teams disapproved of
    and caused him to go undrafted. Up until the Bengals, who
    have a long history of signing problem players and castoffs
    took a chance on him. Now, Burfict pays them back by costing
    them their season and a chance to advance.

    See the difference now?

  63. GOOD!! Squealers can dish it out, but cry like little babies when they get it back.. at least he didnt hit them from behind, like the squealers like to do….

  64. I also love how everyone revisits history and acts like Burfict only went undrafted because of “anger issues” and personal foul penalties. He went undrafted because he ran a 5.09 40 and only benched 225lbs 16 times while failing a test for weed so stop acting like everybody else knew he could play but still didn`t draft him because of his temper.

  65. And who were the two Squealers who body slammed one Bungel to the ground, with ref looking right at them, but no call was made. Ref was probably a Squealers fan. Please tell me that a two person body slam is a legal hit. Somebodies full of something brown and stinky!!

  66. @geefan1: If Burfict were cut, he would be picked up tomorrow by another team. He may have gone undrafted, but now that teams know how good of an NFL player he is, they would jump all over each other to get him.

  67. gomez163 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 3:25 PM

    “Burfict celebrated during the hit on Bell, because it was a big play. ”

    No. Bell made nine yards on first down. Why would there be a celebration for that???
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    You need to go watch that again.It was a 3rd down stop which is why he was celebrating running off the field to the Bengals sideline.But once again don`t facts ruin a good opinion.

  68. My request to the Pittsburgh Steelers defense; next year, take out Dalton. Tear his ACL.

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    Even if that weren’t just wrong, wrong, wrong, it would be a favor to the Bengals.

  69. The Bengals will probably need a replacement for Burfict about the second half of Game 4 in 2016 regular season. The NFL, NFLPA, Ohio Law Enforcement, Bengals and coaches have abdicated responsibility for player safety making it clear the players must individually enforce the rules. Burfict called his shot before the game and took it during the game … after he took a shot the week before. If Brown has been permanently injured Burfict should have been charged criminally. The football field is not immune from the criminal statutes. Statute of Limitations on Ohio Statute Section 2903.11 Felonious assault is 6 years, If Brown’s career is irreparably damaged Burfict should have a criminal lawyer on speed dial. Wait – with Pacman and Burfict, I bet the Bengals already have that covered.

  70. Too bad Vontaze Burfict was not on Chiefs roster.. Wish he would take out Brady and Gronk.. It’s worth the fine to take them out IMO

  71. WOW stop the clock here. To be fair Big Ben just got sacked.. It was CLEAN sack.. You can’t go cry about it.
    I know PFT is mostly Steelers and Pats fans running it but come on!

  72. It amazes me that their are so many people trying their best to defend Berfict for his play on the field. Go ahead keep doing it, enjoy yourself even though you and your band of goons stay home knowing that the Bengals are eliminated from the playoffs. It is difficult to understand especially watching the behavior of fans and what took place in Cincinnati during the game. A normal person must conclude that such observation lends itself to a mental problem. Waiting 20 years to win a playoff game and finally feeling that a win may be within reach only to have it ripped from your heart by a dirty player that can’t control himself. You can have him and quit frankly you deserve each other including Marvin. Stop the crying already about this play and that play, this coach and that coach. The bottom line is that if your nut job Linebacker and wacked out DB played professional football, the Bengals still might be in the playoffs. Instead your going home to cry about spilled milk. Look in the mirror for gods sake. It is your team’s fault they lost.

  73. “To his credit, the Harrison adjusted his playing style and toned down the hits, even though he was already into his 30’s”

    LOL what a load of BS. All Harrison did was get too old to play like a raving psycho. If he was Burfict’s age he’d still be a raving psycho. You’d just refer to his play as “hard-nosed real man’s football” because he’s on your team.

  74. Blaming Burfict for the Bell or Roethlisburger injuries is as stupid as blaming Pittsburgh for the Dalton or Nelson injuries.

    You can blame him for the Brown injury, but then you have to face up to intentionally injuring Bernard, Eifert, AJ Green last season, etc.

    I’m sure Pittsburgh will try though, considering they’re already trying to work the refs ahead of the Denver rematch.

  75. Stealers need a bounty system? Already in place. Or does # 72 typically fly through the air level with the ground to spear a player that’s already down? No penalty BTW.

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    Backup center Cody Wallace (#72) was flying through the air at someone who laid a dirty hit on Antonio Brown. I’m not condoning it, but if you’re check the footage, you’ll see that’s what happened. And yes, he was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness and fined by the league after the game. But it’s nice to know you checked your facts.

  76. Deb says:
    Jan 15, 2016 4:22 PM
    Stealers need a bounty system? Already in place. Or does # 72 typically fly through the air level with the ground to spear a player that’s already down? No penalty BTW.

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    Backup center Cody Wallace (#72) was flying through the air at someone who laid a dirty hit on Antonio Brown. I’m not condoning it, but if you’re check the footage, you’ll see that’s what happened.

    Glad you agree he’s a head hunter and therefore a dirty cheating stealer

    but he got a penalty so it’s OK with fans of the dirtiest team in nfl history,

  77. Backup center Cody Wallace (#72) was flying through the air at someone who laid a dirty hit on Antonio Brown. I’m not condoning it, but if you’re check the footage, you’ll see that’s what happened.

    Stealer fans lie as well. I just watched the footage. No dirty hit. #84 was clean tackled by #25. #30 Denver was standing over #84. #72 stealer flies through the air and takes #30 out.

    you should watch it again. This tie, don’t wear the black & gold filter glasses.

  78. bonniebengal says:
    Jan 15, 2016 3:36 PM
    @geefan1: If Burfict were cut, he would be picked up tomorrow by another team. He may have gone undrafted, but now that teams know how good of an NFL player he is, they would jump all over each other to get him.

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    Why — so his erratic behavior can lose games for other teams, too?

  79. It’s funny Steeler fans celebrate when ever one of their guys injure someone else,they had one of dirtiest players in Hines ward but god forbid it happen to them

  80. It is certainly sad that’s it at this point, but due to the past with the Steelers egregious dirty plays over the past 10 years against strictly the Bengals, many Bengals fans at this point are OK with a playoff loss while taking out the Steelers and their key players in the process.

  81. Bullies do not like getting bullied. Burfict gave them some of their own medicine. Now that Hue’s in Cleveland you won’t be pushing the Browns around anymore either.

  82. Awwww. Poor stillers. You reap what you sow. What goes around comes around. The stillers promote cheap-shot, steroid fueled cheaters. James Harrison is the worst

  83. Eventually somebody is going to die on the field. This is a violent game to begin with.
    The title of Professional Football Player means that you are good enough at your craft to know better than the hits by both Burfict and Shazier.

  84. I know the league is trying to protect players, but that hit on Brown wasn’t dirty like everyone makes it seem. Do you folks know how fast the game moves at this level?

  85. Lets admit it people. Most of us LOVE the VIOLENCE. Me included! 99% of players try to hit as hard as possible! THAT IS THEIR JOB!!! With Boxing, MMA, Hockey Etc, That is what we are PAYING to go see!!! While we should punish players for “Cheap Shots” The Hard Hits are what we ALL want to see! We are approaching the time where Gladiators will again regain popularity and TV Shows Like “The Running Man” will become True!
    We are slipping as a society and it is just a matter of time!!!

    “The Truth Stings!!!”

  86. billswillneverwin says:

    Stealer fans lie as well. I just watched the footage. No dirty hit.
    #84 was clean tackled by #25. #30 Denver was standing over #84.
    #72 stealer flies through the air and takes #30 out.

    you should watch it again. This tie, don’t wear the black & gold filter glasses.
    ————–

    Seems like your blindspot is bigger than you think.

    How did you miss #97, a 6-5 300lb DE. take a 10-yd running start
    and plow into Antonio Brown’s back after he had been stopped
    and stood up by other defenders?

    If Malik Jackson doesn’t take a blatant cheap shot on
    Brown’s kidneys, then Wallace doesn’t get airborne.

    Wallace deserved a flag and a fine – and he got both.
    But Antonio appreciated Wallace for having his back.

    BTW – the Bills did win their last game, and
    it was a big one. Go Bills!

  87. browns2014man

    Oh look, A Browns fan. lol How is Jimmy the rebate Haslam doing? Aka the head stooge.

    Johnny Meathead, sure is working out for you isn’t he?

    Let me guess….next year we’re gonna….

    What a complete joke.

  88. ohnc44 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 3:37 PM
    gomez163 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 3:25 PM

    “Burfict celebrated during the hit on Bell, because it was a big play. ”

    No. Bell made nine yards on first down. Why would there be a celebration for that???
    _____________________________________
    You need to go watch that again.It was a 3rd down stop which is why he was celebrating running off the field to the Bengals sideline.But once again don`t facts ruin a good opinion.
    ______________________________________

    Watched it again. It was 1st and 10. You’re making Bengal fans look bad. Oh wait, too late for that. Again, no reason to celebrate and everyone new it was a serious injury.

  89. It’s a physical sport. Illegal hits happen. Yes on every team. Both teams guilty. I’ve watched it over & over. Bottom line, the hit on AB… 100% WRONG. Common sense people. We like to see the good the bad the fighting….. Nobody should want to see a near disaster…. & this very much COULD have been with the neck swinging of AB… UNNECESSARILY. Burfict IS WRONG. Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a topic if he & Pacman didn’t set the stage for a clown show ?!

  90. funny how steeler fans used to talk about how big and bad their D was #BackinTheDay Now that they are all Offense and no D the done turn’t puss. Shame. At least take it like a man. I call it how i see it. If not for the BS that went on at the end, steelers were done. You could see it in their eyes. Good luck in Mile High.

  91. 31 other NFL teams had an opportunity to draft Burfict and all of them passed on him. Did they ignore Vontaze because they didn’t think that he possessed the physical attributes to be a productive player in the NFL? Of course not! Burfict is the prototypical linebacker, in terms of stature and physical ability. The reason that no team in the NFL retained his services (other than Cincinnati), was because of what he lacks between his ears. Vontaze Burfict flew in the face of advance warnings from the NFL’s front office, by delivering a blatantly illegal hit to the head of a defenseless receiver, who clearly had no chance of completing a reception. The issue at hand in Burfict’s case, has nothing to do with what opposing teams/players/coaches are doing in the field of play and everything to do with how Vontaze conducts himself. Clearly, Burfict has a lot of work ahead of him, in terms of self discipline and self control, if he is ever going to have a professional NFL mindset that matches his athletic ability.

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