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“Very good case” presented by Vontaze Burfict in appeal; decision expected in 48 hours

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Vontaze Burfict is hoping his appeal officer will rescind the five-game suspension handed down by the NFL.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are anxiously awaiting news on Vontaze Burfict after the NFL handed down a five-game suspension to the linebacker.

Burfict told his case to appeals officer James Thrash on Tuesday and according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, a source said Burfict presented “a very good case” and that there will hopefully be a decision made within the next 48 hours.

The suspension was triggered by what the NFL claimed was an illegal hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in Week 2 of the preseason.

Here are a bunch of different views of the suspension-inducing play.

Burfict was suspended for Weeks 1-3 of the 2016 NFL season due to repeated violations of the NFL’s safety rules. He has also been fined numerous times due to his on-field actions and breaking the league’s safety rules. Because he’s a repeat offender, the suspension this time around was increased from the first suspension (three games), up to five games this time around.

Vontaze Burfict Fine & Suspension History

DATE SUSPENSION FORFEITED REASON
DATE SUSPENSION FORFEITED REASON
10.27.2017 -- $12,154 Kicking Roosevelt Nix
8.28.2017 Three-game suspension (after appeal) $1,770,975 Illegal hit against Anthony Sherman
11.25.2016 -- $12,154 Unsportsmanlike conduct
10.19.2016 -- $75,000 Unsportsmanlike conduct
4.1.2016 Three-game suspension $502,941 Hit on a defenseless receiver (Antonio Brown)
1.11.2016 -- $50,000 Late hit
12.18.2016 -- $69,454 Multiple unsportsmanlike conducts
10.15.2014 -- $25,000 Ankle-twist on Cam Newton and Greg Olsen
11.1.2013 -- $21,000 Spearing
9.27.2013 -- $21,000 Hit on a defenseless receiver (James Jones)
9.27.2013 -- $10,000 Striking player in the groin
Total Six games $2,569,678 --

Hopefully, Thrash will agree with the Bengals and Burfict that this hit was not illegal hit and that it should not cause the linebacker to be suspended for the first five games of the 2017 NFL season.