NFL fines Bengals linebacker Burfict again

The NFL fined Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $12,154 for kicking Pittsburgh fullback Roosevelt Nix on the first play of Sunday’s 29-14 loss.

Burfict, who was not penalized on the play, has drawn the ire of Steelers players for years, and it continued Sunday night when running back Le’Veon Bell said in a tweet that the linebacker has “gotta go.”

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Burfict was reacting to a shove from Nix and that outcry “was generally overblown.” But Lewis did say Burfict has to control himself better when instigated.

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“You can’t react,” he said. “Everybody on the football team knows you can’t react.”

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This is the 10th time Burfict has been either fined or suspended by the league.

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Here is the running tally:

Week 7, 2017 — $12,154 fine for kicking Pittsburgh’s Roosevelt Nix.

Preseason Week 2, 2017 — Three-game suspension (lost salary of $1.4 million) for repeated violations of the player-safety rules after a hit on Kansas City’s Anthony Sherman.

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Week 11, 2016 — $12,154 fine for giving middle finger to fans.

Week 6, 2016 — $75,000 fine for stepping on the leg of New England’s LeGarrett Blount

AFC Wildcard playoff, 2016 — Three-game suspension (lost salary of $502,941) for repeated violations of player-safety rules after hitting Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown in the head.

Week 17, 2015 — Fined $50,000 for hit on a defenseless player, Baltimore’s Maxx Williams

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Week 13, 2015 — Fine $69,454 for three unsportsmanlike incidents against Pittsburgh

Week 6, 2014 — Fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Carolina’s Cam Newton and Gre Olsen

Week 8, 2013 — Fined $21,000 for spearing New York Jets’ Stephen Hill

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Week 3, 2013 — Fined $21,000 for a hit on a defenseless player, Green Bay’s James Jones

Week 3, 2013 — Fined $10,000 for striking Green Bay’s Ryan Taylor in the groin

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