Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) is tackled by a Green Bay Packers defender during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bernard voted Pepsi next rookie of the week. Vontaze Burfict fined



Good news for rookie running back Giovani Beranrd, who picked up what hopes to be the first of many awards from the NFL:

Not all news is good news though, as linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been fined $31,000 for two infractions against the Green Bay Packers.

He was fined $21,000 for a hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver and $10,000 for hitting an opposing player below the belt.

The hit on the receiver came when Burfict hit James Jones as he was making a catch in the second quarter, and was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

Later in the game, Burflict hit Packers tight end Ryan Taylor with a low blow on an extra point try in the third quarter. Taylor retaliated with a shove, which the officials saw and penalized.


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