Cincinnati Bengals' Vontaze Burfict appears to kick Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (TNS)
  • Cincinnati Bengals linebacker kicked Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix on Sunday.
  • Burfict has been suspended twice by the NFL and fined eight times for more than $2 million.
  • Before the game, Burfict refused to shake hands with the Steelers' captains.

Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix just "played on" after Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict kicked him.

Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) shoves Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble (85) to the ground as he attempts to get up after catching a pass during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. The Steelers won 29-14.

The incident occurred early Sunday as Burfict was on his back and kicked his feet toward Nix's facemask.

"You could see it: I was kicked, but we played on," said Nix, who added: "I felt it. The ref said he didn't see it, so just keep playing."

Burfict declined comment after the game Sunday. He's been suspended twice by the NFL and fined eight times for salary forfeitures of more than $2 million.

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was unhappy with Burfict's antics.

"I just don't like when guys come do dirty plays," Bell said. "It's OK to play tough and try to hit guys hard during the course of the play, that's fine. But I don't like the unnecessary roughness and things that happen after the play, like my fullback got kicked in the face.

"That's just not football to me. I don't think that's respectable play. For me I just like playing respectable football, whether you play tough or whatever it, if it's within the play is all fine. But after the play, unnecessary things trying to hurt people, I don't like that."

At the game's coin toss, Burfict, one of the Bengals' five captains, refused to shake hands with the Steelers' captains, keeping his hands behind his back