Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is not on the Ravens’ list of favorite players, either.
Already under scrutiny for his vicious hit Saturday against Antonio Brown of the Steelers, Burfict also decked Ravens tight end Maxx Williams while he was defenseless in Week 17. Williams was running a pass route in the end zone, looking back at quarterback Ryan Mallett, when Burfict forcefully drove his helmet underneath Williams’ chin.
Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel posted a video of the hit on his Twitter account. Along with the video, Urschel tweeted, “People who think Burfict’s hit on Antonio Brown was bad need to look at his hit on Maxx Williams last week.”
People who think Burfict's hit on Antonio Brown is bad need to look at his hit on Maxx Williams last week. https://t.co/05ZOQtzKaB
— John Urschel (@JohnCUrschel) January 10, 2016
ESPN analyst and Hall of Fame player Cris Carter did look at Burfict’s hit and was highly critical of it. Burfict was not penalized for the hit on Williams, but Carter used the video as an example while blasting Burfict during ESPN’s “Postseason NFL Countdown” show Sunday.
“This has been a continual behavior with him in the league,” Carter said. “We’ve tried to take out hits to the head for the players.
“Let me show you what he did in Week 17. This is not on the TV copy. This is last week. You won’t see this on the TV copy. We watch a lot of tape around here. That was the coach’s copy. I was able to see that play. So, I wasn’t surprised by it.
“Not only are we trying to take hits to the head out of the game. We are trying to take players out of the game that continue to play like this. I won’t be surprised if he is suspended for multiple games as we begin the 2016 season. But his continued behavior shouldn’t be allowed in the National Football League.”
If Burfict is suspended, it’s possible he could miss at least one game against the Ravens next season. If that happens, the Ravens won’t miss him.
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