PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – The Steelers' Monday film session confirmed Ramon Foster's suspicions.
The Steelers' offensive lineman joined "The Fan Morning Show" for his regular weekly spot on Tuesday, and made clear that he stands by the harsh comments he made about Bengals' linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Sunday.
The hit resulted in a season-ending knee injury for Le'Veon Bell and Burfict appeared to celebrate the play.
"If you look at the film, and you look at the piles before that play, you can see him grabbing onto an ankle," Foster said. "He's the type of guy to do certain things like that. And the good thing about the situation is we get to see him again. We play him twice a year. So, he's that type of guy. The celebration at the end, that's been his characteristic right there. He's the kind of player to do certain things that. Eventually, karma comes to get those guys back, and we'll see him a second time."
Foster is still pretty upset over Burfict's celebration.
"It seemed like as soon as [Bell] went down, man, dude hopped up, and it was funny - he's running across the field hitting his head, and you watch everyone actually running up into him, or running towards him," Foster said. "And he's sprinting across the field excited about the situation. That's something you don't do. You don't celebrate a guy going down...I don't expect anything less from him."
Foster suspected that the Bengals were gunning for the Steelers' stars.
"You can't go into it and say, 'I'm going to take this guy out,'" Foster said. "Maybe he or some other guys had that type of mindset, to get a star player and change the flow of the game a little bit. But, they're 8-0 right now, they're on their high horse, and we'll see them coming back down."
"It's a division game," Foster said. "I'm more than sure there were certain things going on, or they had to get to somebody, or do something. This time around, they just happened to get to Le'Veon again. This was the team that took him out last time with a low hit, so that's just them. We know what to expect."
While the Steelers were upset over Burfict's hit on Bell and his actions following the play, the Bengals were perturbed by Mike Mitchell celebrating a crushing hit on wide receiver Marvin Jones, which led to Jones going down and being knocked out of action, too, albeit for only a brief period.
Foster felt the same way about Mitchell's celebration as he did about Burfict's.
"That works both ways," Foster said. "You have to deal with him accordingly when you're in those types of situations...we don't operate that way. Mike's hit was legal, I will say that, but what he did and celebrated, it shouldn't be tolerated on any side...to see a guy down, I don't think you should rejoice in those types of situations."
The interview can be heard here:
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