Vontaze Burfict avoided suspension for two controversial plays last week, but Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown reportedly called the fine unfair and questioned the league’s decision to fine a player for two plays on which no flags were thrown.
Burfict was fined $112,000, meaning he’ll be eligible to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football” and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that the league decided not to suspend the often-disciplined player for fear the decision would be overturned on appeal.
At issue were plays in which Burfict lowered his helmet to hit Steelers running back James Conner and struck the helmet of Steelers Antonio Brown with his forearm.
Mike Brown also believes that the NFL is hurting the game and making it less attractive to fans by emphasizing safety initiatives, according to Florio.
Burfict, Florio adds, has been warned that a new violation would result in a suspension.
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