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Burfict sounds off on costly penalty following OT loss to Osweiler-led Broncos
Vontaze Burfict has certainly developed a reputation across the league over the course of his career for being one of the more aggressive players in the NFL; often to a fault.
Such was the case on Monday Night, when an unnecessary roughness penalty against the Pro Bowl linebacker advanced the ball into Cincinnati territory before Brock Osweiler guided his Denver Broncos to a 20-17 win over the Bengals after trailing 14-3 at halftime.
Burfict was called for the foul after attempting to strip the ball away from Broncos tight end Virgil Green along the sideline, as he continued to scrap for the ball despite Green having stepped out of bounds and the play being blown dead.
Burfict claims he heard no whistle, and that the penalty was thrown because he was a part of the play.
"The refs, they obviously have it out for me," he told ESPN.com. "But you can't call a bull--- flag like that at the end of a game. He looked at my number and then threw it."
In spite of the loss, the Bengals can still clinch a playoff bye, however they will need the Broncos to lose next week after clinching a playoff spot following the result of the Monday Night contest.
|Name/Position/Number||Team||Selected||Standing||This Week's Statistics|
|Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23||Green Bay Packers||Rd 1, Pick 30||Second-team left cornerback||4 solo tackles in 38-8 loss vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11||Houston Texans||Rd 3, Pick 70||Third-team wide receiver||2 rec, 18 yd (5 targets) in 34-6 win vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Jamil Douglas, OG - No. 75||Miami Dolphins||Rd 4, Pick 114||Starting right guard||N/A in 18-12 loss vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Marcus Hardison, DT - No. 91||Cincinnati Bengals||Rd 4, Pick 135||Third-team right defensive tackle||inactive in 20-17 OT loss vs. Denver Broncos|
Other Alumni on Active Rosters
|Name/Position/No.||Team||Years at ASU||*Standing||This Week's Stats|
|Lawrence Guy, DT - No. 67||Baltimore Ravens||2008-10||Second-team defensive end||2 tackles in 20-17 win vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Will Sutton, DT - No. 93||Chicago Bears||2009-13||Second-team defensive end||1 tackle, 1 pass defended in 38-17 loss vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 58||Cincinnati Bengals||2009-11||Starting weak-side linebacker||6 tackles (5 solo), in 20-17 OT loss vs. Denver Broncos|
|Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17||Denver Broncos||2009-11||Starting quarterback||27/39, 299 yd, 1 TD, 3 rush, 5 yd in 20-17 OT win vs. Cincinnati Bengals|
|Omar Bolden, DB - No. 31||Denver Broncos||2007-10 (missed 2011)||Second-team strong safety; No. 1 KO and punt returner||inactive in 20-17 loss vs. Cincinnati Bengals|
|Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19||Washington||2011-12||Third-team wide receiver; No. 1 KO returner; No. 3 punt returner||1 KO ret, 19 yd in 38-24 win vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
*Standing according to depth chart projections on Ourlads.com
Alumni Placed on Injured Reserve/PUP List
Baltimore Ravens: Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55 (was at ASU from 2000-02): suffered torn Achilles injury in opening game of the season. Out for year.
Denver Broncos: Kyle Williams, WR - No. 15 (2006-09): sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon on August 1.
Washington: Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77 (2005-09): was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury and is out for the rest of the season.