Pittsburgh Steelers players have rallied behind Antonio Brown in response to Vontaze Burfict throwing an elbow at Brown’s head in the third quarter of the Steelers’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
“That’s pathetic. The NFL has to do something about that,” Marcus Gilbert, right tackle for the Steelers, said. “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.”
Brown was forced to leave the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but was able to return to the field after a play. Brown had just collected a pass and was tackled by two Bengals defenders before Burfict came in late with an elbow to the helmet of Brown.
“It’s tough to see AB get hit like that,” David Castro, Steelers guard, 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.”
Burfict has not played a full season since 2013, sitting out the first part of the 2018 season because of a PED suspension. He has a long history of “dirty” hits, fines, and suspensions.