If the league does their job, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be fined for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger below the knee during the first quarter of Sunday’s game.
As you can see in the replay below that former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch posted on Twitter immediately after it happened, Burfict wasn’t pushed into Roethlisberger’s legs. While the Steelers quarterback wasn’t injured on the play, he certainly could’ve been. Burfict, as you probably know by now, wasn’t flagged on the play.
Burfict was involved in several minor skirmishes with several different Steelers players throughout the game and he has a history of being a dirty player.
We’ll see if the league takes action against Burfict and it will be a travesty if they don’t. A few weeks ago, the league chose not to fine Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett for hitting Roethlisberger helmet to facemask after he delivered a fourth quarter pass in that Week 12 game. Roethlisberger ultimately left the game in order to be checked for a concussion.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) December 14, 2015
How could this hit by Vontaze Burfict not be a penalty. Watch this cheap shot as he targets Ben's ankle pic.twitter.com/O4ZcT1FC5m
— Charlie Batch (@CharlieBatch16) December 13, 2015
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 13, 2015