Following the Bengals loss to the Patriots on Sunday, the league is looking closely at footage that appears to show Vontaze Burfict once again laying cheap shots on an opponent.
The serial dirty hitter missed the first four games of this season for his actions during last year’s playoff game versus the Steelers, and just two games later, it appears as if he still hasn’t learned his lesson.
The first video that was spread during the game shows the Bengals LB diving into the knees of Patriots TE Martellus Bennett while a pass from Tom Brady hadn’t even arrived.
— Will D. (@WAD1980) October 16, 2016
New footage from the same game shows Burfict appearing to deliberately walk towards a pile after a LaGarrette Blount carry, only to step on the back of the leg of Patriots RB.
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
Here’s an isolated look:
Beyond these two notable instances, Burfict was involved in multiple chirping matches where he had to be separated from Patriots players, specifically TE Rob Gronkowski.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the talented linebacker will likely face another fine/suspension for the latest in what’s been a long list of repeat offenses.