Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the first three games of next season as the NFL began handing down punishments on Monday for an ugly wild-card playoff game.
The league also is reviewing the conduct of other players and coaches during Pittsburgh's 18-16 victory at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday night that turned on penalties against Burfict and Bengals cornerback Adam Jones in the final minute.
Burfict was penalized for lowering his shoulder and hitting defenseless receiver Antonio Brown in the head after an incompletion with 22 seconds left and the Bengals holding a 16-15 lead. Brown got a concussion from the play and reportedly is considered doubtful for the Steelers' divisional playoff game Sunday at Denver.
Burfict had already been fined four times for dangerous plays during the season.
Bengals players criticize Porter
Bengals players weren't happy with Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, who was in the middle of an altercation on the field that followed Burfict's hit on Brown. As players and coaches milled around, Jones went after Porter and drew another penalty. The two penalties moved the Steelers in range for their winning field goal.
"I've got a ton of respect for those guys," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said of the Steelers. "Joey Porter is not one of them. He's not one of the guys I respect very much. He's a guy that has always run his mouth. He's always been disrespectful to people."
Caldwell's status uncertain
Bob Quinn, introduced Monday as Detroit's new general manager, said he has not decided whether to retain or fire Coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions went 7-9 this season under Caldwell, who is 18-15 over two seasons and has two years left on his four-year contract.
Griffin packs up
Robert Griffin III cleaned out his locker at Redskins Park, signaling the end of his days in Washington. The player known as RG3 is expected to be let go by the team that traded a trove of draft picks for the right to pick him No. 2 overall in 2012, then won a division title that season as Griffin was named NFL offensive rookie of the year. Griffin was replaced as starting quarterback this preseason by Kirk Cousins, and the most pressing off-season topic for the NFC East champions appears to be negotiating a long-term deal with Cousins.