Vontaze Burfict Reportedly Avoids Suspension for Apparent Kick of Roosevelt Nix

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2017

Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) shoves Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble (85) to the ground as he attempts to get up after catching a pass during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. The Steelers won 29-14. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Vontaze Burfict has been disciplined quite a bit by the league throughout his career, but he will apparently avoid another suspension after his questionable play against the Pittsburgh Steelers from Sunday.

The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker was on his back and appeared to kick his opponent, Roosevelt Nix, at the end of a Week 7 play. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the incident will be reviewed by the league but there will not be a suspension.

Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix was on the receiving end of the kick. Although there was no flag on the play, running back Le'Veon Bell didn't appreciate it:

Burfict also refused to shake the hands of the Steelers captains prior to the game, according to Bob Labriola of the team's official site.

These teams have plenty of history, and a lot of the recent controversy has been centered around Burfict. The linebacker notably knocked Antonio Brown out of a playoff game two years ago and was suspended as a repeat offender of the NFL's policy. His knack for illegal hits continued in 2017 with a shot to Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in the preseason, which resulted in a three-game suspension to start this year.

When on the field, Burfict is an impact player with 23 tackles and a sack in just three games this season. The Bengals are 2-1 with him and 0-3 without him in 2017.

However, he is constantly surrounded by controversy and is now a marked man by the NFL.

Although he was able to avoid suspension this time around, you can be certain the league office will keep a close eye on the 27-year-old for the rest of the season.


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