Vontaze Burfict is going to avoid a suspension.
The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker will not be suspended for kicking Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix at the conclusion of a first-quarter play, per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.
Burfict was suspended for the first three games this season for a preseason hit.
Monday’s news won’t bode well in the Steelers’ locker room. Running back Le’Veon Bell voiced his frustration with Burfict on social media after the 29-14 win over the Bengals. The linebacker’s history with the Steelers is well documented. He ended Bell’s season in 2015 after a hit low tore the running back’s ACL. Then he dished out a helmet-to-helmet hit on wide receiver Antonio Brown in the 2015 playoffs that resulted in a three game suspension.
Burfict sidestepped a suspension but he probably won’t be able to evade a fine. The NFL will likely fine the linebacker for his ill-advised karate move. He’s been fined $800,000 for rules infractions since entering the league, according to ESPN.
The sixth-year linebacker’s already built a negative reputation for being a duty player. He’s been suspended twice in his career for illegal or late hits. At some point he’ll need to learn how to control his emotions before it’s too late.
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