Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict Suspended Three Games By NFL For Unsafe Hits

by NESN Staff

January 11, 2016

Vontaze Burfict will be watching football instead of playing it for the majority of September.

The NFL added that Burfict’s suspension is the result of repeated violations of safety protocol.

The Cincinnati Bengals linebacker completely lost his cool Saturday night during a AFC Wild Card Game loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whether his hit on Ben Roethlisberger — in which the Steelers quarterback was injured and reportedly sprained a joint in his shoulder — was dirty still is up for debate.

Burfict’s cheap shot on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, on the other hand, was completely out of line — whether anyone believes Brown flopped or not.

Burfict is planning to appeal the suspension, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported.

The 25-year-old was fined three separate times for actions in a previous game against the Steelers in December. He also delivered the blow to Le’Veon Bell in Week 8 that ended the running back’s season, meaning Burfict has knocked out Pittsburgh’s three best offensive players in the 2015 season alone.

Thumbnail photo via Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports Images

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