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October 12, 2014

Subplot to a tie: Burfict twists ankles of Newton, Olsen

CINCINNATI While the first tie game of the 2014 NFL season was the storyline from Panthers-Bengals on Sunday, Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict may get more attention later this week.

Burfict, who was playing in his first game since suffering concussions in consecutive games in Weeks 2 and 3, seemed to twist the ankles of Cam Newton and Greg Olsen on their respective touchdowns in Sunday’s 37-37 tie.

On Newton’s 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Burfict was clean in his tackle on Newton. But as Newton is on the ground in the end zone, Burfict seemed to twist Newton’s ankle and doesn’t let go until late. Newton reacts as if he wants to kick Burfict but thinks better of it.


Video by Colin Hoggard.

With 4:50 left in the fourth quarter, Newton hit Greg Olsen for a 13-yard touchdown. Again, Burfict takes Olsen to the ground and seems to twist the tight end’s ankle.


Burfict was not flagged for either play. In the first half he was flagged for roughing the passer and unnecessary roughness on Kelvin Benjamin.

Newton is still recovering from his well-documented ankle surgery in March. Olsen injured his foot last week against the Bears and missed two practices last week because of it.

Burfict could be subject to fines if the NFL deems the plays as dirty. The Panthers send video of plays they want further explanation on to the league office early in the week, and it’s likely the ankle twists will be among them.

Carolina kicker Graham Gano tweeted his disgust with the plays.


--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on October 12, 2014 at 09:31 PM | Permalink


That sucks! Burfict should be fined big $ for that crap!

Posted by: Jimmy | Oct 12, 2014 9:48:35 PM

This was as dirty as it gets! He should be suspended a game for each incident!!

Posted by: Jeffrey Henry | Oct 12, 2014 10:12:29 PM

dirty dirty///

Posted by: Cheryl | Oct 12, 2014 10:23:26 PM

Dirty. He certainly had a less than burfict day tackling, so he was probably just frustrated.

Posted by: Boom bip | Oct 12, 2014 10:25:23 PM

This is also the player who was called for two personal foul penalties.

Posted by: Steve | Oct 12, 2014 10:52:55 PM

He's an A$$H##E..Can't stand when players do dumb stuff like that...it's already a very violent game. We don't need extra BS like that!!!

Posted by: T-Mac | Oct 12, 2014 10:59:09 PM

8-7-1 would be a winning season. Might even win the division.

weird game on the day when steve smith moved into 17th on the all-time receiving yards list. and only 10 yards away from 16th.

the guy has more yards in 6 games with flacco than he had in 14 games with clausen. if he keeps this pace up, gettleman is going to look extremely dumb no matter how he tries to sell it to media.

and i think whittaker and reaves are clearing up that the problem in the run game is beyond the running back position. if newton hadn't been able to move the chains on his own, game would have been over early.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 12, 2014 11:48:16 PM

Let the Steve Smith crap go. The Panthers receiving numbers are higher than last years and for.less money. People keep crying about Smith but the decision was clearly the correct one at this point

Posted by: James Hines | Oct 13, 2014 12:20:05 AM

Graham Gano just earned some points in my book. Well said.

Posted by: Ned | Oct 13, 2014 6:40:13 AM

Suspension rest of year

Posted by: Melvin | Oct 13, 2014 6:44:15 AM

That touchdown called back because of the offensive penalty called on Benjamin really hurt us. We would have been up by 2 touchdowns!

Posted by: Sugarbugga | Oct 13, 2014 7:48:20 AM

Really pathetic. It's hard to believe that a grown man that has risen to this level resorts to such tactics. Or is it?

Posted by: cdawg | Oct 13, 2014 10:23:52 AM

Burfict's first concussion was caused by leading with his helmet as he shot the gap and drilled Joe Flacco in the groin. Instead of hurting Brass B's Flacco, he knocked himself out of the game. He deserves to be stomped on hard for this. Roger?

Posted by: kbman | Oct 13, 2014 1:03:14 PM

what a punk I hope they fine him good and he get hurt for pulling some crap like that

Posted by: paul brazell | Oct 13, 2014 2:04:49 PM

hey tmac steve smith was trouble for the locker room we are better off with out him newton does not try to force the ball to him because he would not shut up in the huddle. get over it dude what does that have to do with a dirty player. go panthers

Posted by: paul brazell | Oct 13, 2014 2:12:48 PM

"and i think whittaker and reaves are clearing up that the problem in the run game is beyond the running back position."

ok. but:

Deangelo/Stewart salary cap number for 2014: $10.6 million
Reaves/Whittaker: $866,000.

which would you take, considering they are all basically equal in talent and reliability? the two holding this team back thanks to Hurney or the other two? exactly.

Posted by: TGL | Oct 13, 2014 2:15:25 PM

If the NFL does not suspend him for a game or two, maybe the coach should sit him on the bench, win, lose, or tie.

Posted by: JIm | Oct 13, 2014 3:50:51 PM


Posted by: The Kraken | Oct 13, 2014 3:59:27 PM

Fargin Dirty Bastige!!!

Posted by: lanman | Oct 13, 2014 4:17:53 PM

Release Me!!!

Posted by: G Hardy | Oct 13, 2014 4:37:32 PM

Love it

Posted by: Tim | Oct 13, 2014 4:41:57 PM

Did our O-linemen know? Should have clipped his sorry butt.

Posted by: FireSomebody | Oct 13, 2014 5:45:11 PM

He's no player; just a thug! Get him out!

Posted by: Bennyandthejjjjjetsssss | Oct 13, 2014 5:56:04 PM

Why is everyone calling for a suspension? Hits and tackles are part of the game, but what that thug did was CRIMINAL. Newton and Olsen should file charges and he needs to be arrested and thrown in jail. Fines and suspensions don't mean squat to these players. They make millions of dollars. They don't care about five-figure fines or paid vacations.

Posted by: Stephen | Oct 14, 2014 7:09:02 AM

And they should count this game as a WIN for the Panthers. I'm sure the Bengals organization was well aware of this guy's tactics and chose to ignore it.

Posted by: Stephen | Oct 14, 2014 7:16:50 AM

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