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Vontaze Burfict shrugs off criticism from Steelers

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 26 : Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after making a defensive stop during the first quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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After Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, some Steelers players took issue with the way Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict responded after Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s knee injury.

Burfict made the hit on the play that ended Bell’s season and drew criticism from guard Ramon Foster for the way he reacted to the play.

“He’s that type of guy,” Foster said, via “That type of guy will get his sooner or later. ... If you’ve played against him, you know what I mean by it. He’ll play it off, act dumb about it, but you don’t run across the field acting hyped, celebrating, running up and down when a guy goes down like that.”

Steelers linebacker Vince Williams also tweeted (and eventually deleted) that he’d get some revenge on Burfict if they were to run into each other during the offseason. Burfict responded on Twitter that Williams knew where to find him and then responded more generally to the Steelers.

“We won,” Burfict said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s mad they lost. I have nothing to say about it. It was a clean hit. Le’Veon is a friend of mine. I didn’t intentionally mean to hurt him. It’s football. He’s going to come back strong.”

Should Foster, Williams or any other Steelers want to take up the issue with Burfict, the two teams are scheduled to meet again on December 13 in Cincinnati.