Quick Links

Enemy intel: Burfict says he needs to change


Enemy intel: Burfict says he needs to change

Embattled Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, suspended for the first three games of next season, says he needs to change his style of play. That’s true, unless Burfict wants to continue losing money, while being labeled a dirty player by opponents.

Burfict made his first public comments since being suspended to Josina Anderson of ESPN. Burfict was suspended three games for repeated violations of player-safety rules, most recently during the Bengals’ January playoff loss to the Steelers. During that game, Burfict gave Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown a concussion on a vicious hit that was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

The week before against the Ravens, Burfict was fined $50,000 for an unnecessary blindside hit on Ravens tight end Maxx Williams, while Williams was defenseless. After that hit, outraged Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel posted a video of that senseless play on his Twitter account.


Burfict has established a clear pattern of over-the-top behavior. Now Burfict says he would like to have a do-over on the hit that concussed Brown.

“Like I told coach, I wish I could take that play back because I probably would have hit him low,” Burfict  told Anderson. “I don’t like hitting low, but I have to change because it’s getting flags because I hit him high or hit him in the helmet, and it’s so hard to determine where to hit the offender because they’re going to tuck their body, and you have to pretty much tuck with them.

“I tried to pull up at the last second, but it was obviously too late – it’s a bang-bang play.”

Asked about his reputation, Burfict said. “I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble. My style of play is aggressive, and (the game has) changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn’t number 55, I wouldn’t have got flagged.”

Burfict’s biggest problem hasn’t been his number, but how he has behaved wearing that number. After he returns from his latest punishment, people will see if that behavior has changed.

RELATED: Ravens roster preview: Specialists 

Quick Links

Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

USA Today Sports

Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

Quick Links

Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

USA Today Sports

Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.