Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will not be suspended for his malicious actions last weekend against the New England Patriots. But, the league has punished Burfict in his wallet.
The NFL has fined Burfict $75,000 for stomping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount’s leg near the end of Sunday’s 35-17 loss to New England, according to Pro Football Talk.
Burfict lost control Sunday and the stomping incident wasn’t the only questionable play he committed. The physical linebacker also dove at Martellus Bennett’s legs on a play away from the ball. That prompted Rob Gronkowski to go after Burfict and eventually get flagged for taunting. Burfict’s fine was not related to the hit on Bennett.
One player who might be infuriated by the league’s ruling is Steelers lineman Ramon Foster, who called out Burfict Tuesday.
“There’s no place for that, man,” Foster said, according to KDKA in Pittsburgh. “To continuously do it – one or two times, OK I get it, but every single time? A stake has to be driven into the ground on this guy and I’m not sure what they care about, touchdown celebrations or player safety, but something has to be done.”
Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for his kill shot on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown during last year’s playoffs. It’s pretty clear Burfict hasn’t learned his lesson completely, and the league doesn’t seem concerned about his most recent mishap.