Here's the play Vontaze Burfict made on Greg Olsen that's drawing criticism.
Here's another play in which Burfict may have targeted Kelvin Benjamin with the crown of his helmet.
And here's Olsen's postgame remarks.
The Carolina Panthers aren't happy with Vontaze Burfict.
Twice during Sunday's game between the Bengals and Panthers, Burfict allegedly twisted the ankles of two Panthers players after making tackles. One of those was Cam Newton, who noticeably reacted after Burfict quickly turned the quarterback's ankle.
And then quick twist of Greg Olsen's ankle during his touchdown reception.
Here is a more condemning 3 frame look. Notice Olsen initially down without #Burfict grabbing ankle. pic.twitter.com/AubEQdX81c— Jeremy Igo (@CarolinaHuddle) October 13, 2014
Panthers kicker Graham Gano reacted on twitter.
Unbelievable that a player would intentionally try to hurt my teammates twice. I hope the NFL lays down the law hard. #Unacceptable— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) October 13, 2014
Seriously that makes me sick. There is no room in this league 4 something like that. We are grown men, have respect for the game and others.— Graham Gano (@GrahamGano) October 13, 2014
And these were plays that didn't warrant any response from the officials. Burfict was flagged for two personal fouls in the game -- a roughing the passer and illegal hit on a defenseless receiver (though both appeared to be a bit ticky tack).
While as a fan, I'd like to say that Burfict' honor and maturity would help explain these actions. We understand that these things happen, especially in a pile of humanity... like during a fumble recovery. Not that it's an excuse, but the heat of the moment in a sport that doesn't reward gentleman behavior tends to lead to these things (it just got caught on video). However, videos, GIFs, and pictures makes it difficult to wage a defensible position for Burfict. This one is too blatant.
If the league views both plays as dirty, Burfict will likely be fined.
Burfict has a history of dishing out money for personal fouls. The league fined him $31,000 in week three last year for two incidents against the Packers. The first, a hit on a defenseless receiver, cost him $21,000. Another $10,000 was added after hitting Packers tight end Ryan Taylor in the groin.
Burfict was fined another $21,000 for spearing former Jets wide receiver Stephan Hill with the crown of his helmet.