NFL News : Vontaze Burfict makes excuses for dirty hit on Antonio Brown.

Vontaze Burfict makes excuses for dirty hit on Antonio Brown.


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Vontaze Burfict will miss the first three games of the 2016 season as a result of league discipline imposed for a violent hit to the head of Antonio Brown during the playoffs.

The suspension, which followed numerous fines for on-field behavior, appears to have been somewhat effective in sending a message to the Cincinnati Bengals' standout linebacker.

"Like I told coach (Marvin Lewis), I wish I could take that play back because I probably would've hit him low," Burfict told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

"I don't like hitting low, but I have to change because it's getting flags because I hit him high or hit him in the helmet, and it's so hard to determine where to hit the offender because they're gonna tuck their body, and you have to pretty much tuck with them."

While Burfict took responsibility for the hit, which left Brown with a concussion and forced him to miss the following game, he indicated that his reputation has an impact on the way in which penalties are called against him.

"I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble," Burfict added. "My style of play is aggressive, and (the game has) changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn't number 55, I wouldn't have got flagged."

Burfict heard from the league office on two separate occasions during the regular season. He was fined more than $69,000 for multiple infractions in a Week 14 matchup with the Steelers, and another $50,000 just three weeks later for a late hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams.

His persistent on-field behavior issues led to a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell last month, which reportedly came at the linebacker's request.

Here is the interview below: