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Burfict apologized to Brown for illegal hit during playoffs

Aaron Doster / USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown revealed Tuesday that Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict apologized for an illegal hit that knocked the All-Pro out of last season's wild-card game.

Burfict delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on Brown, giving the Steelers' superstar a concussion in the process. The Bengals were penalized 15 yards, and the Steelers rallied on the same drive to kick a game-winning field goal.

The illegal blow created further animus between both teams, and Burfict served a three-game suspension to begin the 2016 season.

"(He was) just saying he didn't have no intentions of trying to injure, that it was a football move," Brown told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Brown said he's moved on from the hit.

"I don't have no issue with any guy. I'm a football player. I'm a competitor," Brown said. "When we're in the field, we're going to compete and be competitive. It's not personal between none of these guys. It's all in the game. ... I represent the Steelers. It's all business."

The Bengals and Steelers square off Sunday in Cincinnati.

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