Report: Vontaze Burfict fined, not suspended for stomping on LeGarrette Blount's leg

Burfict won't be forced to miss any additional games this season.

Vontaze Burfict missed the first three games of the season due to a suspension stemming from 2015, but he won’t be forced to sit out any additional games after Sunday’s controversial plays.

Burfict was reportedly fined $75,000 for his actions against the Patriots on Sunday, which included a low cheap shot on Martellus Bennett and allegedly stomping on LeGarrette Blount’s leg after a touchdown. However, according to ProFootballTalk, the fine is for his stomp, not hitting Bennett in the knees.

This is the ninth time Burfict has been fined for on-field actions -- his previous high was $69,000. For his career, Burfict has lost $279,329 to game fines, not including three lost game checks from his suspension this season.

It’s somewhat surprising that Burfict wasn’t suspended for what the NFL clearly deemed a dirty play – and it was exactly that. Given his history and refusal to clean up his game, the NFL could have sent a strong message that his behavior would not be tolerated.

The $75,000 is about the same as two quarters worth of pay, based on his salary this season. Needless to say, it's not exactly a harsh punishment.

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