Vontaze Burfict hits Gio Bernard low, scuffle ensues

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has had more than his share of run-ins with members of other teams for his behavior on the field in recent years and Tuesday saw him touch off a scuffle with his own teammates.

Burfict tackled running back Giovani Bernard around the knees during a drill at Bengals training camp, which running backs coach Kyle Caskey and members of the offensive line reacted to strongly. A large part of that reaction, captured on video by Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News, is likely because Bernard is coming back from a torn ACL.

Morrison adds that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis could be heard yelling “keep the back off the ground” a short time later.

Burfict was suspended three games by the league to open the 2016 season because of repeated violations of player safety rules and he’s been fined many times throughout his NFL career. Tuesday’s hit wouldn’t have drawn either of those penalties, but it probably won’t make anyone feel too confident that those matters are a thing of the past for the linebacker either.

51 responses to “Vontaze Burfict hits Gio Bernard low, scuffle ensues

  1. mickmars says:
    Aug 1, 2017 4:03 PM
    Face it. If he didn’t put a helmet on on Sunday’s, this tool would be in jail.

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    Why? Was Burfict ever arrested once in his whole life? Great logic there

  2. Tuesday’s hit wouldn’t have drawn either of those penalties, but it probably won’t make anyone feel too confident that those matters are a thing of the past for the linebacker either.

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    oh bull, these practices are for the defense too – and mickmars you’re a maroon, Burfict’s NEVER had an issue with the law.

  3. From the story posted, you would think Burfict dove at his knees. Watch the video. Burfict hits him in the waist and as Burfict falls he wraps Bernard up around the legs. Then the Bengals coach starts a fight. If Bernard isn’t supposed to be hit, shouldn’t he be wearing a Red Jersey? Nothing to see here but another story that will spread the legend of Burfict.

  4. Just saw the video, it really wasn’t that bad. He hit the RB in the thigh but I guess he could have hit him higher but still, it’s practice. There’s hitting and scuffles in every practice at every level. Media blowing this up for no reason other than another skirmish at training camp happened.

    What’s Burfict supposed to do? Is he not supposed to tackle there? And why do Bengal coaches have someone rehabbing a knee injury in during a contact play anyway?

  5. He’s a pathetic dirty player and has been since High school. The bengals deserve him. Classless organization that employs this scumbag along with pacman jones and mixon. Ever see a championship team have an abundance of low class players? Maybe why they don’t win anything.

  6. Burfict plays to injure—- would not want to be a team that plays against him twice a year. Last year he went after Martellus Bennett’s knee away from the play and lucky there wasn’t a serious injury.

  7. webbiewebs3 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 4:02 PM

    If they don’t want the RB being tackled then don’t have him taking part in live drills with tackling. That seems pretty simple to me.

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    They aren’t doing live tackling drills. Watch the other videos on the twitter page. They are basically doing blocking drills and having the RBs give themselves up. That hit angered the coaches because it’s not the intention of the drill.

  8. Watch the video. It wasn’t a “low” hit at the knees or a dirty hit. He hit the guy and then slid down.

    I don’t have a dawg in this fight but come on. This is way overblown.

  9. So let me get this straight, people are mad at Burfict for making a legal tackle in practice. I am Steelers fan so I have no love for Burfict but why is this news? If the Coach felt strongly about his RB not getting tackled then he should have said something. According to this article, Marvin Lewis yelled out, keep the RBs off the ground after the play happened not prior.

    And for the guy who posted twice about Burfict been in Jail if he wasn’t playing football, well you have to commit a crime and get convicted to go to jail. Questionable hits and dirty hits on the football field does not amount to a crime.

  10. And this is why the Bengals get knocked out of the playoffs every year. Because they’re soft

  11. Other articles on the subject indicate the drill was strictly “no tackling” it’s basically a blocking scheme drill. Once the “tackle” would normally occur the play is over and you just bear hug the running-back who stops running.

    This seemingly is confirmed by the coach yelling “keep the backs off the ground”! Immediately after that.

  12. mickmars says:
    Aug 1, 2017 4:02 PM
    Let’s face it. If Burfict didn’t wear a helmet on Sundays,he’d be in jail.

    For what, you moron, tackling too hard or too low? Is that a crime? He’s never been arrested.

  13. This should show everyone that Burfict isn’t a dirty player as much as an intense football player. It’s not like he was doing this to an opposing player, so it’s more his mentality to the game. He should use better common sense, but he can’t control himself. If you want to put blame on someone it should be Marvin Lewis who obviously can’t send the proper message to his star defensive player.

  14. Marvin Lewis in mid-season form. Yell after the fact and teach nothing beforehand.

    If it’s true that it was a non-tackling drill then the defensive players have no respect for Lewis’s authority since it seems like these things go on all year long in Cincinnati.

  15. For what, you moron, tackling too hard or too low? Is that a crime? He’s never been arrested.

    Sorry Mr. Brown. yeah, I’m a moron. I’m sure if Burfict wasnt a football player,he’d be a Nobel laureate by now for all the humanitarian work he’d have accomplished. Matter of fact, hem probably would’ve have been sainted right alongside Mother Theresa a few years ago.My bad. Guy is actually a pillar of society who’s “just misunderstood “

  16. It’s funny reading all these comments on Burficts latest incident and the Bengals fans leaping to his defense.

    To those Bengals fans.
    1) If he had injured your running back I think a lot of you would have had much more mixed feeling about how cool his methods are.

    2) I get it you believe what you say every time you are defending Burfict for yet another incident. But I dont get why it never sinks in how often you wind up having to say it. Lets face it, this stuff is a trend.

  17. mickmars says:
    Aug 1, 2017 4:02 PM
    Let’s face it. If Burfict didn’t wear a helmet on Sundays,he’d be in jail.

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    Lets face it, your comment was stupid. Playing a contact sport violently with poor discipline =/= being a career criminal. That’s a huge gap in logic.

  18. well, he’s consistent – a dirty plyer with Everybody – even his own team – how long until he gets kicked out of the league? not soon enough for most folks…

  19. Drunk Off Cheese says:
    Aug 1, 2017 6:02 PM
    Have the QB throw an INT to Burfict and let Gio go for his knees.. see how Vontaze likes it..

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    He only throws ints in big games. Not during drills.

  20. Good to see the Bengals getting a little taste of Burfict for themselves.
    Everyone knows he’s a dirty player but it doesn’t stop Marvin Lewis from defending him.

  21. WIth out even seeing the video I can tell you with certainty that two things happened on that play. One, the tackle was a dirty cheap shot, and 2. Gio fumbled on the play.

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