It was a busy Sunday for the chronically dirty Vontaze Burfict.
There was his low-bridge dive at the knees of tight end Martellus Bennett was the ball was thrown to the other side of the field. Everyone watching the broadcast saw that.
There was also a leg-stomp by Burfict which wasn’t as readily apparent until ESPN’s Mike Reiss tweeted out the video of the Bengals linebacker wading into a pile after a LeGarrette Blount touchdown and stomping down. Blount’s reaction was to shove Burfict. Burfict flopped.
The damage for the stomp will be $75,000 according to Pro Football Talk’s Zac Jackson. The NFL is reportedly reviewing the knee shot from behind for no reason on Bennett. The expectation in Cincy is there’ll be no suspension which is a head-scratcher as it seems Burfict’s being given the benefit of the doubt.
Burfict was fined four times in 2015 for dirty hits, including one in Week 17 when he similarly hit an opponent who was out of the play. He was suspended the first three games of the season.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.