The bad blood between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals seemingly won't go away, as offensive lineman Ramon Foster accused multiple Bengals players of spitting on their Steelers counterparts during last week's AFC Wild Card Game.
According to Jim Colony of 93.7 The Fan (h/t Colin Dunlap), Steelers guard David DeCastro also said Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict spit on him in the midst of Pittsburgh's 18-16 victory.
Per CBS Pittsburgh, Foster revealed on The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 The Fan that Burfict wasn't alone.
"He wasn’t the only guy," Foster said. "I will say that he had another culprit out there with him."
Foster also shared his feelings on spitting and explained why he doesn't believe there is any room for it in the game of football:
It's uncommon. And I think it's a huge deal. Spitting on somebody is a huge offense. You take that as a sign of major disrespect. I don't care what venue you're in—basketball, football, hockey, or you're at your neighborhood bar—spitting on somebody is unacceptable.
The sport of football wasn't designed for that. Is it a gruesome game? Is there a thin line between, you know, going over the top and playing the right way? Yeah, it is, but you have to understand that you have to be smart enough to realize that you can't do those things on the football field, and especially in a prime-time game like that, and against some guys you're going to see at least twice a year, anyway. We just play our ball, though. We have to be smarter than that.
After two chippy games during the regular season, it came as little surprise that there was plenty of extracurricular activity between the Steelers and the Bengals on the playoff stage.
That led to several personal foul penalties, including two on Cincinnati that allowed Pittsburgh to kick the game-winning field goal in the dying seconds.
One was on Burfict, who hit Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the head with his shoulder. Burfict also injured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's shoulder, although that was deemed to be a clean hit.
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In addition to those plays, Burfict knocked Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell out for the year with a knee injury during the teams' first regular-season meeting.
The Steelers lived to fight another day despite the Bengals' alleged actions, but the availability and impact of Brown and Roethlisberger is another matter moving forward. While Roethlisberger is "likely to play" Sunday against the Denver Broncos, per ESPN's Bob Holtzman (via ESPN.com), Brown is "not looking good."
The Steelers and Bengals have been at odds all season long, but Pittsburgh's focus will now shift toward the Denver Broncos, who will host the AFC divisional game Sunday.
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