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NFL admits mistakes on Vontaze Burfict personal foul penalties

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict received a letter from the NFL on Wednesday, in regards to his personal fouls against the Buffalo Bills.

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Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was flagged for multiple personal fouls against the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago. And personal fouls are usually accompanied with fines. Burfict told reporters on Wednesday that he received a letter from the NFL, but not for how much money he owes.

The first happened with over ten minutes remaining in the first quarter when Burfict landed on a scrambling Thad Lewis, who slid to avoid the contact after a four-yard gain.


The officials called unnecessary roughness, moving Buffalo from the Bengals 20-yard line to the eight. Burfict2_medium

Burfict's final personal foul was far more suspicious -- alright, it was the worst of worse calls. The Bills have third and three from the Bills 41-yard line with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter. Lewis hits receiver T.J. Graham over the middle for a four-yard gain, giving the Bills a first down.

A flag was thrown. Burfict was called for helmet to helmet contact. After Solomon Wilcots stopped giggling at the preposterous flag, he says, "You've got to be able to play football." This is the flag that got Marvin Lewis, who usually has a calm demeanor on the sidelines, fired up.

The play.


Graham's head didn't even move.

A cleaner view.