Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict made his first Pro Bowl in 2013.
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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a league source, that Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict will be fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of both Cam Newton and Greg Olsen during the Cincinnati Bengals’ 37-37 tie with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Rapoport said a suspension may be next if Burfict’s behavior continues.
On Monday, Olsen called on the league to suspend Burfict for his actions.
“I think instances like that,” Olsen said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, “that are so clearly premeditated that he had in his mind if those opportunities, that he was going to try to attack not only guys’ legs, but guys who were coming off ankle problems specifically, there’s no room for it.”
Olsen was referencing Cam Newton, who had ankle surgery in the offseason.
“I think the punishment needs to go beyond a fine,” Olsen continued. “Guys like that don’t learn from that stuff. He’s been fined a hundred times for head hunting, and he did it to Kelvin (Benjamin) again. You watch the film, that’s just what he is.”