Report: NFL Will Not Suspend Burfict For Sunday Kick To Nix’s Head

While his early-Sunday game kick to the head of Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix appeared to be dirty to some fans of the team, as well as to running back Le’Veon Bell, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will reportedly not be suspended for it.

According to Katherine Terrell‏ of ESPN.com, the league will not suspend Burfict for his kick to Nix’s head I the first quarter of Sunday’s game at Heinz Field. However, the Bengals linebacker still might be fined, according to her report.

Bell talked about Burfict’s kick to Nix’s head during his post-game press conference and has since blasted the Bengals linebacker more on his Twitter account.

“Dude gotta go, man,” Bell posted on Twitter. “That’s not football at all.” Bell later added, “It’s unbelievable the league is just condoning this activity, But if Rosie reacts, Rosie would be the one that would get into trouble.”

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has since said that he believes Burfict’s kick to Nix’s head is being “overblown.”

“I think the player pushes Vontaze back after the play … the official is right there and warned (Nix) to not do that,” Lewis said.

Burfict ended up get a face full of Nix the rest of Sunday’s game and the Steelers fullback will just have to take that as some sort of consolation and retribution.

The Steelers and Bengals will face each other again in Week 13 and that game will take place in Cincinnati. We’ll see if Burfict isn’t serving another suspension by then.

Burfict, who was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for a dirty hit against the Steelers in the 2015 playoffs, was also suspended for the first three games of this season for an illegal hit this preseason.

  • PA2AK_

    Hopefully his fine is more than when LB beat up that goal post…priorities

  • Conserv_58

    Marvin Lewis: “I think the player pushes Vontez back after the play…” This ridiculously dishonest comment is why Burfict continues to be the immature malcontent he is.

    I also want to know why there wasn’t a flag thrown after the Bengals’, Fisher clearly shoved Will Gay late after Gay intercepted the The Red Rifle.

  • Darth Blount 47

    And who made that call, Mr. Roger Magoo?!

    SHOCKING.

    I take solace in knowing that the next coach of the Bungles will have that problem child to still deal with.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The NFL’s explanation is that no contact would have been made by Burfict”s feet if Nix had moved his head out of the way. Therefore, not egregious.

  • SteelersDepot Commenter

    This is a joke. Ndamukong Suh’s FIRST suspension was for when he stomped on a Green Bay lineman, and he got 2 games. Burfict is a repeat offender already with 2 (3?) suspensions, and he gets 0 games? Terrible

  • nutty32

    Would trade MB for Burfict in a heartbeat.
    p.s. – Burfict was throwing elbows well after plays pretty much all day yesterday. Refs clearly let a lot of things go this time around.

  • Lil Smitty

    ROTFL!
    Wait they seriously said that? I guess that is the advantage of twitter, you can tweet ridiculous things without people seeing you smile.

  • harding36

    I didn’t find it that egregious. Yeah, he kicked him, but if we’re being honest, it wasn’t an especially vicious blow. I’m good with a fine.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Sad thing is that it is almost believable. that’s the credibility of the NFL.

  • Stairway7

    You can make that argument about every head shot that’s called. “The receiver should have moved his head out of the way…”

  • Lizard72

    Even if you say no whistle, he clearly went and head butted another player right in front of the official!

  • I don’t get it, a punch to the face mask will get you fined and suspended but a double foot chin kick is fine?

  • Orlysteel

    When this thug hurts and injures somebody, it all going to fall on you NFL, the dudes gotta go Roger the dudes gotta go.

  • WB Tarleton

    If this was a guy with no history, I would agree.

    Unfortunately, sociopaths find such decisions to be a green light to step it up. Burfict is a sociopath.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    shocker.

  • 6 ring circus

    At 8:45 of the 3rd qtr, Burfict throws a backhanded slap at Nix and then tries to disguise it by immediately throwing his hands up in a “did you see that Mr Ref” move. This dude will get his one day, smh.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Well, what can ya do.

  • Reader783

    Absolutely. It was shocking.

  • Orlysteel

    If he’s kicking and slapping without flags being thrown it’s only going to encourage him, don’t know how the refs missed the kick it happened right in front of one of them, everyone in the league including the refs know this guy is a thug, the officials need to be on top of his play, it’s only a matter of time before he takes someone out.

  • Axel

    I turned on the bengals / steelers game a WWF match broke out. For whatever reason vontaze “douchefict” and pacman jones are constantly taking cheap shots and only get their hands slapped.

  • Orlysteel

    Marvin Lewis is the enabler, he’s the reason why Burfict does what he does sure he could put an end to that if he wanted to.

  • Ryan Alderman

    WTF?

  • Axel

    Sadly if that douche was ever on the Steelers he would be penalized, fined and suspended constantly

  • The Chin

    68 plays. He had 2 solo tackles. 2 assists. Maybe he needs kicked in the head. Weak

  • Todd Johnson

    O.M.G.!

  • nutty32

    Still one of the top 3 inside LB’s in the league (ROLB is his official position, but he basically plays inside). I actually enjoy watching him play, he gets to tons of plays, very high football IQ. He’s much better than that overrated CJ Mosley.

  • EdJHJr

    Good thing we have NFL experts reviewing video. Mitch fined for getting tripped and pushed by his teammate, Butfick…. gets nothing for an obvious kick to the head.

    Do the same guys review plays during the game

  • MDSteelerfan

    I’ve lost any remaining respect for Lewis… jackass. Nix owned Burfict all day – and will continue to do so

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    It’s kind of like the 3 pump twerk being illegal and the two pump okay

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Yep and they all hate the Steelers.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Yup.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    That does apply to Steelers receivers since the single logo lightens the helmet just enough to get out of the way. The other 31 teams with logos on both sides of the helmet are deemed to cumbersome to gain the mobility to protect the player therefore the defender has the burden to avoid contact.

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    This happened while Haley’s offense was on the field so I put this squarely on his incompetent shoulders. Point blank period.

  • The Tony

    The intent was still there regardless if the kick actually did any damage to Nix

  • The Tony

    What respect did you have to begin with?

  • Dan

    Don’t worry. The bengals have a head coach that earns $4.5 mil per year. For that kind of dough, he must a great leader and will surely put an end to this undisciplined approach to the game.

  • falconsaftey43

    8:47 3rd quarter. Watch for another dirty after whistle play by Burfict on Nix.

  • SwagDaddy330

    I cannot stand watching guys like him. Is he good? Absolutely. I honestly could never root for a guy like that. Ever.

    For the record, I did not like James Harrison his first go around with the Pittsburgh. He was dirty and cheap.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I blame Tomlin’s game management issues. If Tomlin would have called a timeout who knows what would have happened after the whistle.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The NFL with Goodell is a serious joke. Nix gets intentionally kicked in the head and Burfict gets nothing but a small fine. James Harrison gets a random drug test after eating a McDonalds cheeseburger hoping to get a positive drug test with a trace of steroids. Each year I move a step closer away from the NFL and their hypocrisy.

  • John Pennington

    The OLine will have to deal with him to keep their teammates safe from him at all cost.If the league wont do anything then the team must be ready to protect each other from this crazy man.Study him before the next game and take care of your business.

  • GravityWon

    Let’s put Porter in at TE. Problem will get resolved pretty quickly.

  • JimK-51

    Butfick, I see what you did there and I like it!!!!
    But seriously, what’s it gonna take until they banish this this A$$ hole from the league??
    Maybe A player put on life support or some’thing like that???

  • Axel

    Unfortunately his IQ has no bearing on his decision making. He allows his anger to take over his rational decision making process which is a result of immaturity and ignorance. Just imagine what he would be doing if he wasn’t playing football. Just because he is a good football player is no excuse to justify being a douchebag.

  • JimK-51

    It’s almost like the League Pity’s them, I guess ignorance is bliss…

  • ND_Steel

    We get fined heavily the week prior then the refs completely look the other way all day yesterday. Sounds about right. NFL is beyond crooked.

  • Axel

    Lol…….look up the video of pacman jones attacking Amari cooper during a game vs the raiders, in coopers rookie season.

  • Jones

    You do stuff like this when you’re not good enough. You get your @$$ beat & sent home every year by a team thats everything you’re not, so all you can do is take cheap shots (VB) & make weak excuses (Lewis) until you’re sent packing… again.

  • nutty32

    Reports coming out of college was that he might have real, clinical psychological problems. Reason he went undrafted despite a pretty good college career and size/speed combo. Wouldn’t be shocked if he had early CTE – he clearly has impulse control problems.

  • Brenton deed

    It’s probably because the impact is low but they ignore how inflammatory that behaviour is.
    What if Rosie reacts and it’s an all-in brawl? The NFL would then pontificate about players needing to keep control and “act professionally”!
    Nip it in the bud and suspend him.

  • Reader783

    I can’t tell if you’re a parody account or not, half your comments are funny like this and the other half seem like legitimate insight….

    Playing both hands?

  • Axel

    Totally agree, he definitely has some much deeper issues going on…….take care and have a great night

  • dany

    He’s a good defensive mind

  • Conserv_58

    Oh, I know that Lewis is the enabler and always has been throughout his coaching career in Cinnci. He’s the reason why the Bengals earned the reputation as being the one team that will sign players with character issues.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    The NFL as an organization has been consistent and only one way – greed. Their slogans of player safety when legal battles escalate, randomness of drug testing (see: James Harrison), and policies regarding player suspensions are the stuff of an older America – where authority figures weren’t questioned and did as they pleased just because they could.

    The only POSSIBLE reason as to why the league allows this player to behave this way is because they see it as good for ratings and their collective pocketbook.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Of course not! League never cares when it’s a Steeler that gets hit! And NEVER will!!

    Marvin Lewis has his head so far up his ass, he wouldn’t recognize a ‘problem’ with that team if it kicked HIM in the face!

  • David Shoff

    It was questionable, at least to me, whether gay was down by contact or not.

  • David Shoff

    I agree. I didn’t see a whole lot there.

  • David Shoff

    We kicked his butt all day. That’s all that matters.

  • jaison jaitley

    So true. Hes better than 98 and wld be a nasty addition but trouble