Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict threatened DeAngelo Williams on social media after the Steelers running back told ESPN on Wednesday how Burfict's nasty hit on Antonio Brown in the AFC wild-card game derailed Pittsburgh's Super Bowl run.
"I'll teach u how to keep my name out mouth tho remember I have to tackle you," Burfict told Williams on social media.
ESPN asked Williams what it was like to watch his team in the playoffs while sidelined with a foot injury. Williams said there's "no doubt" in his mind Pittsburgh would "give the Broncos hell" with a healthy Brown, who was concussed from a helmet shot by Burfict, one of several egregious hits that landed the linebacker a three-game suspension in 2016.
The Steelers lost to Denver in the divisional round. A week earlier, Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff win over the Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium featured several heated moments, including Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier's helmet hit on Bengals running back Gio Bernard that was not penalized at the time but was later deemed an illegal tackle by league vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.
Wednesday's argument on Twitter started when Burfict asked Williams why the Bengals were on his mind four months later, pointing out Williams didn't help his team in the playoffs due to injury.
Williams responded by asking Burfict what he's doing "when u not costing your team games." Burfict followed with his threat, to which Williams wished Burfict well on his "vacation" from NFL action. Burfict then called Williams "a back up," with Williams saying Burfict's inability to control his emotions undermines his natural talent.
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are guaranteed to play at least twice in 2016, and Burfict will likely be involved in that action. The Steelers will have zero problems with that after Burfict's tackling has affected injuries to Pittsburgh's top three players --Le'Veon Bell (torn medial collateral ligament), Ben Roethlisberger (separated shoulder) and Brown.
"For me, my rival throughout my year will be the Cincinnati Bengals," Williams said.