Vontaze Burfict may be headed for trouble again.
The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is once again in danger of being penalized by the NFL for unnecessary acts related to player safety. Burfict had several instances of questionable decision making during Sunday’s 29-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That included what looked like a kick from Burfict to the head of Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix.
Here’s an extended view of the play in question:
For some reason, Burfict pointed at Nix after the play, even though Burfict was the one who looks to be in the wrong. It didn’t appear as though Nix did anything but attempt to block for running back Le’Veon Bell. There was no penalty called on the play.
There was another incident with Nix later in the game, though this looks like a lot of nothing:
Yeah, Burfict clearly slaps Nix in the head, but it also looks like an obvious flop by Nix. You’re telling me a backhand slap by Burfict is knocking a 250-pound NFL fullback to the ground?
Nevertheless, this is a bad look for Burfict, who should expect to hear from the league office. The question is, how severe will the punishment be? The kick to Nix is certainly worthy of a fine, but given Burfict’s history, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the NFL suspend Burfict.