Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has earned a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the National Football League and Sunday's matchup with the Tennessee Titans won't do much to change that fact. As referees separated Burfict and several Titans players, Burfict pushed a referee off of him.
On Sunday, it finally happened, on the lightest shove of an official's arm. We pay a price because it hurts us when it's on the field that way and then he's not on the field.
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Burfict got tossed after he made contact with an official in an incident that, frankly, doesn't look like much.
Two plays before the ejection, Burfict was hit with a personal foul after hitting Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray when he was already out of bounds. He missed the first three games of the 2017 season due to repeated violations of the NFL's player safety rules. Receiver A.J. Green was sent to the locker room following an altercation with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey last week.