Steelers lineman: Bengals ‘aiming’ to hurt, cheered Le’Veon Bell’s injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday announced that running back Le’Veon Bell is out for the season after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in the team’s 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. To add insult to injury, at least one member of the Steelers believes there was a deliberate effort on the Bengals behalf to take Bell out.
Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster accused Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict — the player responsible or the hit on Bell midway through the second quarter — of purposely trying to injure Bell.
“I am sure they were aiming to take somebody out today and kudos to them, they did the job,” Foster said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Foster further accused Burfict of celebrating after Bell suffered the injury.
“He’s that type of guy. That type of guy gets his sooner or later. So, wait and see, I guess. He’s that type of guy, period,” he said. “If you’re on the field with him, you know what I mean by that. They’ll play it off; he’ll act dumb about it. But you don’t run across the field hyped, celebrating, jumping up and down when a guy goes down like that.”
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Burfict denied deliberately trying to injury Bell, even saying the running back is “a good friend of mine” and claimed he mentioned to some Steelers players that causing Bell’s injury wasn’t intentional.
The only problem for Burfict is he has a somewhat troubled past as it relates to accusations of deliberately trying to hurt opponents with questionably dirty play.
The linebacker was fined $25,000 last season for twisting the ankles of both Greg Olsen and Cam Newton during a tackle during a game against the Carolina Panthers, so to say his questionably troublesome reputation precedes him as it relates to Steelers players’ unflattering opinion of him arguably goes without saying.
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