NFL Upholds Vontaze Burfict’s Suspension

Vontaze Burfict‘s appeal was unsuccessful. The Raiders linebacker will remain suspended for the rest of the 2019 season, the league announced. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks upheld the ban Wednesday.

The NFL suspended Burfict for the Raiders’ final 12 games, citing a pattern of on-field actions — one that hit a breaking point when Burfict leveled Jack Doyle during Week 4’s Raiders-Colts game.

This may end Burfict’s Raiders tenure and run in the NFL, considering the number of suspensions the longtime Bengals linebacker has racked up. Burfict has not played more than 11 games in a season since 2013. The former UDFA has run into 14 fines or suspensions since coming into the league in 2012.

After the Bengals released Burfict this offseason, he caught on with former Cincinnati DC Paul Guenther in Oakland. Burfict will not collect the remainder of his one-year, $1.15MM base salary from the Raiders, who went on to upset the Colts after Burfict’s ejection and defeated the Bears in London without him. Tahir Whitehead and Nicholas Morrow played in Oakland’s nickel set against Chicago.

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  1. JJB0811

    He should lawyer up and let a judge decide. Too much inconstancies w/ fines and suspensions. I’d like to see that played out.

      • JJB0811

        AB’s problems are off field. This guy’s is about playing. Different circumstances.

        I don’t like the guy, & consider him dirty. But the league clearly doesn’t have rules or guidelines for on field fractions. It’s whatever they feel like, and its wrong.

        They need to straighten up both off field and DT policies as well in the next CBA. I have little confidence either side will broach those subjects. Maybe marijuana is removed. That’ll be about it.

        • AndyMeyer

          It’s called repeat offenses. Repeat offenders = longer suspensions. Not hard to figure out

          • JJB0811

            So what’s his next suspension? How many games? When you don’t have fixed, known rules/laws; then its just made up at the moment. That’s the problem. How many repeats does he get before being banned?

  2. bowserhound

    Yet all of the other helmet-to-helmets infractions/players are ignored…NFL is the definition of inconsistency.

    • wrigleyhawkeye

      This. His hit was at least during the play. Derek Barnett’s was way more egregious— after the whistle and defenseless player yet no ejection or even suspension. I get that Burficts is for repeated transgressions, but you can’t just let others go.

      • AndyMeyer

        Sometimes you can’t here the whistle on the field. You’re told to play through the whistle. Was the hit dirty? Absolutely
        Should he have been thrown out of the game? Probably
        He was fined for the hit. They didn’t just let it go

        • compassrose

          I reffed HS football for many years. We tried to break the nonsense to play through the whistle. The whistle is a courtesy. If it kills the play it is either a penalty or inadvertent whistle. The ball is dead by rule. Listen to the whistles tonight or next game you watch there will not be a whistle on many plays. It might come very late. Players know when the ball is dead for the most part. There might be a few that don’t but they are interlocked away from the play.

          Another thing to remember is you see a play in HD and slo mo from different angles. The refs see it full speed from one angle. They miss calls and some of those hits are hard to catch. As for Burfict this was long in coming. Did the refs have an eye on him? I am sure they did there were many games we watched a certain player. One we knew who played dirty. I am 100% behind the NFL on this action. You can’t have this many dirty hits with no consequences or little. I don’t know who you all root for it I imagine some are Raiders fans and are losing a player. Turn it around how would you feel if he hit your favorite player and paralyzed him for life? This is a step to stop him before he does this a player.

  3. kylewait89

    Maybe throw his name into the XFL pool? He’ll instantly be one of the better players. I get that the guy has been a problem but suspending him for the year just seems poor considering some of the things you see on Sundays that aren’t within the scope of football.

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