Bengals defend LB Vontaze Burfict over his latest fine

The Bengals are defending linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s actions during a loss to New England, which drew a $75,000 fine from the league on Wednesday, according to a personal familiar with the situation.

Burfict was fined for stepping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount after he scored a touchdown near the end of New England’s 35-17 win on Sunday, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because fines for this week have not yet been announced by the league.

Coach Marvin Lewis defended Burfict on Wednesday, saying he did nothing wrong. The linebacker missed the first three games this season while serving an NFL suspension for repeatedly violating player safety rules, including his hit on Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown.

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