NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vontaze Burfict pleaded his case to Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis. Then the linebacker who has been among the NFL’s most suspended and penalized players finally headed to the locker room.
Burfict talked with some fans, raised both arms over his head and even jumped to high-five a fan at the tunnel.
Another week, another Cincinnati player ejected. This time in a game where the Bengals scratched three defensive starters before kickoff with Burfict’s ejection for pushing an official’s arm making it four. Add two turnovers and 12 penalties for 84 yards, the Bengals lost 24-20 to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in a loss they can blame on a lack of discipline.
“Not getting a ‘W’ really hurts,” Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green said. “We’ve got to continue to get better. You can’t have these penalties. You can’t turn the ball over. I know I sound like a broken record, but you can’t win like that.”
Lewis said curtly that the Bengals can’t have those penalties when asked about his frustration at the penalties and having a player ejected for a second straight game.
“We didn’t do a good enough job of getting separation from them and we’re getting calls and they’re draped on us, so just look at it,” Lewis said. “We’ve got to do better. We knew how they were going to play.”
Burfict’s ejection hurt an already depleted defense. The Bengals (3-6)…