Vontaze Burfict’s latest on-field occurrence will cost him the remainder of the season.
The Oakland Raiders linebacker has been suspended for the remainder of the season following his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, the league announced Monday.
Burfict was ejected from the Raiders’ 31-24 win over the Colts for decreasing the helmet to make contact on the hit early in the 2nd quarter.
NFL Network Expert Ian Rapoport reported Burfict will appeal his suspension.
The discipline marks the longest punishment ever handed down for an on-field act in NFL history. Given Burfict’s track record as a repeat violator of gamer safety rules, a lengthy restriction should not come as a surprise.
NFL VP of football operations Jon Runyan stated in a league release that Burfict was suspended for reducing his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet versus a challenger, and for repeat offenses of unnecessary roughness rules.
” There were no mitigating situations on this play,” Runyan stated in his letter to Burfict. “Your contact was unnecessary, ostentatious and ought to have been prevented. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game.
” Following each of your previous guideline offenses, you were alerted by me and each of the jointly-appointed appeal officers that future offenses would result in intensified responsibility measures. Nevertheless, you have actually continued to flagrantly abuse guidelines designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary danger.
” Your extensive history of rules infractions is factored into this decision relating to accountability measures.”
Burfict’s appeal would be heard by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, who have actually been collectively appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to choose appeals of on-field gamer discipline.
The suspension is Burfict’s 4th during his NFL profession, and the 3rd time he’s been struck with a ban for on-field events. In 2016, Burfict was suspended three games for numerous offenses of gamer safety guidelines. In 2017, the linebacker was suspended 5 games for a hit to an unprotected player, which was decreased to three games upon appeal. In 2018, Burfict missed out on 4 video games for offense of the NFL’s PED policy. The linebacker has actually likewise been slapped with several fines for illegal hits throughout his career.
Long viewed as one of the dirtiest gamers in the NFL throughout his seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Burfict typically toed the line in between difficult and out-of-line. The Raiders signed the 29-year-old this offseason to include durability to Paul Guenther’s defense– Burfict played under the DC for numerous years in Cincy. Burfict got rave evaluations from the training staff and was ultimately made a group captain.
Less than a month into the season, Burfict’s play when again crossed the line and made him a lengthy restriction this time around.