The NFL is attempting to get a handle on the heated rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals prior their AFC Wild Card game on Saturday.
According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, the NFL warned both teams about extracurricular activities prior to the game on Saturday.
"NFL [executive] Troy Vincent sent short video yesterday to all playoff teams reminding on importance of sportsmanship and respect for the game," Freeman noted.
The bad blood between the teams dates back to Week 8 when Steelers' superstar running back Le'Veon Bell was lost for the year on a hit from Bengals' linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Burfict appeared to celebrate after the hit, which left many of Bell's Steeler teammates fuming.
"He's that type of guy," Steelers' guard Ramon Foster said. "That type of guy will get his sooner or later. ... If you've played against him, you know what I mean by it. He'll play it off, act dumb about it, but you don't run across the field acting hyped, celebrating, running up and down when a guy goes down like that."
This led to a skirmish prior to the team's Week 14 matchup in which threats were uttered in the direction of Burfict.
It would appear the officials will have their hands full on Saturday.
Told by team source NFL has already communicated to Bengals-Steelers no pre-game nonsense this time. The NFL declined to comment.
Told by team source NFL has already communicated to Bengals-Steelers no pre-game nonsense this time. The NFL declined to comment.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) January 6, 2016
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