NFL fines Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for unnecessary roughness hits vs. Steelers

The NFL hit Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict with $112,000 in fines for his actions during a Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

It is the biggest non-suspension fine of his career.

Burfict was under review for three different plays, including a hit to the helmet of Antonio Brown and going high on running back James Conner.

The hit on Brown was especially egregious, as Burfict came in from the side while the wideout had already given himself up and was going to ground. Burfict struck him in the helmet with a forearm.

Once replays of the hit made the rounds, one analyst called for Burfict to receive a year-long ban. Another wanted members of the Bengals such as owner Mike Brown to start getting fined as well.

Burfict avoided a suspension despite the issues coming up in just his second game back from a four-game ban. The hit on Brown also knocked out rookie safety Jessie Bates, who had to undergo a concussion test on the sidelines before returning.

The Bengals and Steelers meet again in Week 17.

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