The Cincinnati Bengals and Vontaze Burfict appear to have dodged a bullet with the linebacker’s latest infraction.
Burfict is in danger of being penalized by the NFL for unnecessary acts related to player safety, stemming from Sunday’s 29-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Burfict had several seemingly-minor incidents during the game, which included what looked like a kick from Burfict to the head of Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix.
However, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Burfict will not be suspended for his actions.
#Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict’s apparent kick from his back to be reviewed for discipline in the standard process, source said. No suspension— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2017
That would seem to indicate Burfict is in the clear with only a possible fine coming. The kick looked bad, but still not enough to warrant a suspension.
After the game, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell voiced his displeasure with Burfict on Twitter:
man dude gotta go man...that’s not football AT ALL!! https://t.co/IFbNZPZtWR— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) October 23, 2017
Alas, it seems as though Burfict will escape with nothing more than a fine and be eligible to play in Week 8 versus the Indianapolis Colts, which has become a must-win game for the Bengals to have any hope of making the playoffs.