Bengals Vontaze Burfict can't stay out of trouble in the NFL
Getting in trouble with the NFL is no longer a man-bites-dog story for Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
In fact, it quit eliciting banner headlines a long time ago.
Still, Burfict can't keep his hands (or feet) to himself, and he's in line for another fine from the NFL after being ejected Sunday for pushing an official in the Bengals' 24-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The incident came several plays after Burfict was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for a late hit on Titans running back DeMarco Murray. For all of Burfict's histrionics in his six NFL seasons, it was his first ejection.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Burfict will not be suspended for the pushing the official, but he likely will be lighter in the wallet once the league issues fines later in the week.
It will be at least the 10th time that Burfict will receive some form of punishment for his actions on the field. That includes a fine of $12,154 for kicking Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in the head during their game Oct. 22 at Heinz Field.
Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the season (reduced from five on appeal) for hitting Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman on a passing route.
A sampling of his other fines and suspension, as compiled by Bengals reporter Paul Behner:
Week 3, 2013: $10K for striking Packers' Ryan Taylor in the groin
Week 3, 2013: $21K for a hit on defenseless player, Packers' James Jones
Week 8, 2013: $21K for spearing New York Jets' WR Stephen Hill
Week 6, 2014: $25K for ankle twisting Cam Newton and Greg Olsen
Week 13, 2015: $69.4K for three separate unsportsmanlike incidents vs. Steelers
Week 17, 2015: $50K for hit to defenseless tight end Maxx Williams away from play
AFC wild-card, 2016: $502k and three-game NFL suspension for hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown
Burfict appears to kick Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in game on Oct. 22, 2017.
Clip of Burfict getting ejected in game against Tennessee Titans on Nov. 12, 2017.