Vontaze Burfict Ejected After Making Contact With an Official

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NASHVILLE _ Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict didn't talk after getting ejected from Sunday's game for brushing aside an official's arm with about five minutes left in the first half. However, he very clearly shoves the ref's arm away as he's trying to hold Burfict back from any further issue with the Titans players. "Sometimes what happens, you push back and it's the official". He knows better. We pay a price.

Other players might not have been subject to as harsh of a punishment but, at the same time, at some point Burfict has to realize that his history means that he's always going to be under a microscope.

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The former Arizona State star was suspended for the first three game of the 2016 season for his vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown during a Wild Card playoff game. He has not played in a full 16-game campaign since 2013 thanks to a combination of suspensions and injuries.

The incident with the official was Burfict's second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the day. Burfict, who is considered by many to be one of the league's dirtiest players, had never been thrown out of a game until Sunday.

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