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Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict receives big fine from NFL after Steelers game

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Burfict owes the NFL a large chunk of change for several plays that took place against the Steelers.

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The NFL has decided how it will punish Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for his actions Sunday against the Steelers.

According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL is handing Burfict a hefty fine, but no suspension following the Bengals vs. Steelers Week 6, 2018 game:

The big play in question from Sunday was Burfict’s hit to the helmet of Antonio Brown in the first half:

Here’s another of the plays expected to have cost Burfict:

While Burfict connected his shoulder with Brown on the first play above, he did lead with his helmet. The NFL is rightfully trying to steer the game away from these hits, which is a big reason why he’s being fined six figures, $112,000 today, which is part of more than $400,000 that Burfict has been fined over the years.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger claimed Burfict singled out wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster after the hit on Brown.

“He hits (Brown), then, literally, as I am under center for the next play, he points at JuJu and says, ‘You’re next,’” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “How do you allow that stuff?”

Smith-Schuster was actually suspended by the NFL for one game last year for his illegal hit on Burfict in the Week 13 matchup. Part of why the NFL suspended Smith-Schuster was he also stood over Burfict and taunted him after the big hit while Burfict was concussed on the ground.

All in all, this is actually good news for Burfict, who was probably close to being suspended given his history of violations, but all he’ll get is a fine. That means he’s good to go for Sunday night’s matchup with the Chiefs.

Vontaze Burfict fine and suspension history

DATE SUSPENSION FORFEITED REASON
DATE SUSPENSION FORFEITED REASON
10.20.2018 -- $112,000 Unnecessary roughness vs. Steelers
3.16.2018 Four-game suspension $1,839,362 PEDs
10.27.2017 -- $12,154 Kicking Roosevelt Nix
8.28.2017 Three-game suspension (after appeal) $1,400,469 Illegal hit against Anthony Sherman
11.25.2016 -- $12,154 Unsportsmanlike conduct
10.19.2016 -- $75,000 Unsportsmanlike conduct
4.1.2016 Three-game suspension $502,941 Hit on a defenseless receiver (Antonio Brown)
1.11.2016 -- $50,000 Late hit
12.18.2016 -- $69,454 Multiple unsportsmanlike conducts
10.15.2014 -- $25,000 Ankle-twist on Cam Newton and Greg Olsen
11.1.2013 -- $21,000 Spearing
9.27.2013 -- $21,000 Hit on a defenseless receiver (James Jones)
9.27.2013 -- $10,000 Striking player in the groin
Total 10 games $4,150,534 --

UPDATE: Ian Rapoport added that Burfict will appeal his fine and that the Bengals are “furious.” Additionally, Burfict has been warned that further actions of this nature will result in a suspension and Mike Brown is not happy with the NFL as a result.