CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Vontaze Burfict has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for two incidents of ankle twisting during Sunday's game against Carolina, according to a report by ESPN. The fine comes after the Panthers submitted video to the NFL on Monday of Burfict twisting Cam Newton and Greg Olsen's ankles.
Burfict hasn't spoken with the media since Sunday's game, but his teammate and Bengals cornerback Adam Jones disagreed with the league's punishment on Wednesday.
"I don't think he should be fined $25,000," said Jones. "This league is all about what you guys put out in the media. When guys go talking about this and that, the [NFL] has to respond. Vontaze will take that one on the chin. You can't change the way you play."
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"He's got to continue to play within the rules," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.
Burfict had 10 tackles in the Bengals 37-37 tie with the Panthers. He's recorded 18 tackles this season, but has missed significant playing time with concussions this season. Lewis responded to Burfict's health and the impact of his concussions in his weekly presser on Wednesday.
"I coached defense and linebackers for a long time and concussions didn't linger. Now, we've found that, because of the media and things, they seem to linger longer. There's a lot of attention played to it."
The Bengals (3-1-1) travel to face the Colts (4-2) Sunday at 1 p.m.