Vontaze Burfict carted off after illegal crackback block by Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster

For the second time in Monday night’s bitter rivalry between the Steelers and Bengals, a star defensive linebacker was carted off the field after suffering an injury. 

Steelers LB Ryan Shazier was transported to the hospital after a scary back injury on an attempted tackle in the first quarter. Late in the game, Vontaze Burfict was taken off the field with a head injury after an illegal crackback block by Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. 

While the injury to Shazier was unintentional, Smith-Schuster was called for two penalties for his hit on Burfict — one for unnecessary roughness and one for taunting as he stood over the injured Burfict.

Burfict, who has had is own fair share of illegal hits and dirty plays, especially in the Steelers-Bengals rivalry, was reportedly livid as he was taken into the locker room. 

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