Multiple published reports say Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been fined by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Burfict, who has a history of rough play and league fines, was hit by the NFL for his low hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and two additional hits, according to a late-evening report Thursday by ESPN News Services.
ESPN Bengals beat writer Coley Harvey and ESPN's Adam Schefter contributed to a report time-stamped at 10:58 p.m. ET saying that Burfict's agent, Audie Attar, told Schefter about the fines, levied on a total of three plays.
The report also said that Burfict is appealing the fines, according to Attar, who previously said that Burfict wouldn't be fined for his hit around the ankles on Roethlisberger in the first half Sunday of the Bengals' home loss to the Steelers.
Burfict had defended himself, saying he was pushed into Roethlisberger during the pass rush.
Roethlisberger later said on local Pittsburgh radio that "I don't buy he was pushed. I think he was definitely diving low for my legs."
These latest fines could push Burfict's career total past $100,000.
ESPN said Burfict, a one-time Pro Bowler, previously was fined a total of $77,000 for four incidents, including one for $25,000 on similar plays last season when Burfict was fined for deliberately twisting the ankles of two Carolina players (Cam Newton and Greg Olsen).