Raiders’ Vontaze Burfict To Appeal Ban

As expected, Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict will appeal his season-long suspension, agent Lamont Smith tells Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). If Burfict cannot overturn the ban, he’ll be sidelined for the remaining 12 games of the 2019 season. 

The NFL moved to keep Burfict off the field for the final 13 weeks of the ’19 campaign after he drove his head into Jack Doyle‘s helmet on Sunday. This is, by far, the lengthiest suspension ever levied against a player for an on-field infraction, so Burfict may have a good chance at getting the suspension reduced.

Obviously, Burfict’s history of rules violations is playing a big role here. Burfict has racked up 14 fines and/or suspensions from the league office throughout his career, including three league office penalties in 2018. Throughout his career, Burfict’s tenacity has been a major double-edged sword and source of controversy. He’s been one of the league’s most feared defenders for all of the right, and all of the wrong, reasons.

Regardless of what happens in his appeal, Burfict figures to be on extremely thin ice with the NFL moving forward. It’s worth noting that the veteran will be eligible for free agency once again in March, after the expiration of his one-year, $2MM deal with Oakland.

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18 comments on “Raiders’ Vontaze Burfict To Appeal Ban

  1. Ironman_4life

    Am i missing an article. Where has there been a story he was suspended the rest of season?

    • Ironman_4life

      Ok. When i typed this the nfl article stated he faces season ending suspension. Now it says he was.

  2. MileHighFan

    About six guys should be suspended as a result of their targeting shots yesterday.

  3. ahale224

    While I couldn’t agree more with the league’s attempts to get helmet to helmet hits out of the game(especially the ones from burfict which have just been cheap shots at times), if you’ve been hitting people the same way your entire life, it’s gotta be tough to change it.

    • abgb123

      Huh? No it wouldn’t, they aren’t saying he can’t tackle with his arms or run with his feet their saying he can send himself into someone helmet to helmet like a f’ing human missile, doesn’t seem like it would be all that hard.

    • compassrose

      How many years have they had this rule? 5-6 at least. You can change habits in that time if you want to most of the players have. This clown was a dirty player in college and now the NFL. It is lazy to say if you have done it all your life it is hard to change. These guys change the way they play from High School to College to the Pros. This guy is a POS probably was in HS too. Is he to dumb to change or to dirty? Hope this suspensions stays the NFL doesn’t need guys like him in the league.

  4. snake120

    If he appeals, and the appeal process takes a week, is it possible he would play this week???? ,,,,that would make it a no brainer to appeal, gives the raiders more time for finding a replacement,,,,,,just asking, don’t know

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      No, simply because even if he wins his appeal, the punishment will be reduced but not eliminated. He’s going to miss some playing time and lose some money; the only determiner now is how much of both.

    • Steven Juris

      Appeal will be Thursday. He can then fly back to Oakland while his team flies to London.

  5. bravos4evr

    NFL is gonna stand for “not for long ” if they turn it into a pansy sport. Impacts are part of the game, and these so called “fans” calling for these rules are beta male losers who should be ignored.

    • bedbathandbiyombo

      Are there enough non-Beta males to support the NFL if they don’t improve player safety? Let’s be clear – if keeping the game dangerous was more profitable, no changes would be made.

    • Miklo916

      Lol Na nobody saying don’t hit hard. They just don’t want players firing of like a rocket with there head into another players head. Yeah accidents happen. But he a dirty player since he been in the NFL.

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