Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was under plenty of scrutiny last weekend for his low hit on New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett and his scuffle with Rob Gronkowski. Apparently, that wasn’t the only dirty play Burfict committed on Sunday.
A video was posted by ESPN’s Mike Reiss that showed Burfict trying to stomp on Patriots tailback LaGarrette Blount’s leg after his touchdown run near the end of the game. Burfict is clearly trying to step on Blount while he gets out of the pile. Blount took exception to that malicious attempt and shoved Burfict to the ground.
Video: From coaches film (courtesy NFL), watch Vontaze Burfict (55) deliberately step on Blount's leg after TD. pic.twitter.com/wtTPqy3XHP
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 17, 2016
This is a nasty play by Burfict, who was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season after a dangerous hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the playoffs. Burfict has earned a reputation for being a dirty player, which is why Gronkowski went after him during the game and was eventually flagged for taunting. Gronkowski went after Burfict and the Bengals after the game.
“They do that every game,” Gronkowski said, according to WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “If you watch film, they’re always baiting everyone to do that. They’re a tough, physical team. They’re physical football players. They’re big, and they hit hard. I feel like that’s the style that they play, so I kind of gave into it when I got my penalty, and I’ve got to watch out for that, but after that, I just had to stay away.”
The Patriots ultimately got the last laugh, dominating the Bengals 35-17. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the league will decide on any discipline no later than Wednesday.