Infamous linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been hit with yet another suspension for his conduct on the field. Burfict is no stranger to suspensions since he has been suspended a total of ten games in his career, but this one takes the cake.
The NFL has announced Burfict is going to sit out for the remainder of the season because of his hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle on Sunday. He was ejected for the hit during the game, but the league wasn’t done there. Burfict will not be able to set foot on the field until the preseason starts in 2020, assuming he is on an NFL roster at that point.
NFL VP Jon Runyan on Vontaze Burfict: “There were no mitigating circumstances on this play. Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided...You have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2019
According to a statement released by NFL VP Jon Runyan, Burfict’s hit was “unnecessary, flagrant, and should have been avoided.” He continues that the length of the suspension is not only because of the incident on Sunday, but because he has warned Burfict that further violations would result in “escalated accountability measures.”
Chris Mortensen has reported that Burfict is planning on appealing his suspension.
Vontaze Burfict will appeal any suspension. He had a 5-game suspensión reduced by a neutral arbitrator in 2017.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 30, 2019
League’s job is to discipline and, in effect, send a message regardless of appeal.
This is going to be Burfict’s longest suspension and will double the total amount of games he has been disqualified from. After all is said and done, he will have missed a total of 22 games in his career, costing him over $5 million in either fines or lost game checks.
Here is the hit that resulted in the suspension: