David Lee/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton in Sunday’s game between the two teams, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
Werder also reports that Burfict has been told he’s considered a repeat offender, and any future incident identical to this will result with a trip to the league office.
“He’s got to continue to play within the rules,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Wednesday. “And he got called for a penalty last week that was, again, not necessarily a penalty. …Football’s changing, and we’re trying to really coach the head out of football. And that’s been the mission of the league for the last two or three years, and that continues daily. And we’ve got to do that, we’re teaching young guys new habits…Sometimes when that ball goes in the air it’s difficult to do all the time.”
The 24-year-old Burfict has played in three games this season recording 18 tackles, two passes defended, and one forced fumble.