If there is a player who is not welcome anywhere near the 412 area code anytime in the near future, it is Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Burfict has been public enemy No. 1 for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fan base, and after several instances in the team's AFC Wild Card game only made such a feeling intensify.
Burfict had a hand in the outcome of the game, after intercepting a Landry Jones fourth quarter pass, it looked as if he had sealed the win for Cincinnati, but after a Jeremy Hill fumble, he had to return to the field to stop the Steelers one more time.
What ensued was an ugly hit, which was late and high, on Antonio Brown that ended up having Burfict flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty. For that hit, and other instances, reports are now swirling of Burfict facing suspension for his actions.
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict is facing suspension for his hit on Antonio Brown during Saturday night's wild-card game, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2016
The Wild Card game was filled with hard hits and after the whistle scuffles, but Burfict's consistent questionable behavior has left the league no other option but to have him face suspension. Burfict was heavily fined after the team's Week 14 matchup where he dove low at Ben Roethlisberger's legs.
This won't be the last you hear about the league office handing out fines and discipline to both the Bengals and the Steelers after one of the more physical, and hate-filled games in recent memory.