Antonio Brown sealed the Steelers win over the Bengals with a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. But it’s another play involving Brown that is causing a stir.
Early in the third quarter, two Bengals defenders were in the process of tackling Brown when linebacker Vontaze Burfict appeared to aim an elbow at Brown’s helmet. Brown stayed down for a few seconds and was evaluated on the sideline before re-entering the game.
According to a report from the NFL Network, the only likely action that will be taken against Burfict will be a fine. This didn’t stop Brown’s teammates from voicing their opinions on the matter Monday.
Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert said Burfict should be suspended for the play.
“That’s pathetic,” he said, via ESPN. “The NFL has to do something about that … A guy like that, going out there intentionally trying to hurt people, there’s no need for that kind of playing in this league. It’s sad. One of these days he’ll grow up.”
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Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro said he would like the NFL to start protecting its receivers as much as it does its quarterbacks.
“It’s tough to see AB get hit like that,” he said. “With all the emphasis on quarterback safety, what about a guy like AB — a superstar he is in this league, how much money he’s getting paid, how much he means to this team? A cheap shot like that, I thought was unnecessary. … If they want to talk about making this game safer, maybe they will do something. Or maybe they will put in a new rule that no one is going to call when it matters. Maybe it’s a PR stunt.”
After the game, Brown called the play a “nasty hit.” He finished with 105 yards on five catches and the touchdown.