Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith on Wednesday faintly praised Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for not hitting him as hard as he could while Smith stood prone with a possible concussion after an interception on Sunday, but not before echoing the widely-held NFL sentiment that Burfict is a dirty player.

“It could have been a lot worse watching the video,” Smith said. “That’s the one time. As a dirty of a player as I think he is — he’s a heck of a player — he’s a dirty one, too. He definitely held up. He has some good to him.”

Smith was doubled over and holding his head, a stationary figure in the flat as Bengals cornerback Adam Jones returned Joe Flacco’s second interception of the game, when Burfict ran out of his way to block him.

Burfict was fined $25,000 after the league determined he was targeting injured players’ ankles after tackles against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. He was also fined for hitting a defenseless receiver last year, and striking former Ravens tight end Ryan Taylor, then with the Green Bay Packers, in the groin.