Vontaze Burfict: 'I have to change'

Suspended for the first three games of next season, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict knows he's in the cross-hairs of the league office after his series of illegal hits. "I don't like hitting low, but I have to change because it's getting flags because I hit him high or hit him in the helmet, and it's so hard to determine where to hit the offender because they're gonna tuck their body, and you have to pretty much tuck with them," Burfict said. ¬†Burfict hit Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty, and Brown suffered a concussion on the play. The suspension was upheld earlier this month following an appeal. "I tried to pull up at the last second, but it was obviously too late -- it's a bang-bang play," Burfict said. I play hard. Sometimes it gets me in trouble. My style of play is aggressive, and [the game has] changed, and I have to change with it, and that play right there, I think if I wasn't number 55, I wouldn't have got flagged." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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