The NFL has suspended Vontaze Burfict for the first three games of the 2016 season due to repeated violations of safety-related playing rules, the NFL reports.
Burfict has oscillated between brilliant and bone-headed during his four-year career, and Saturday's wild-card defeat to the Steelers was no exception. Although his strip sack of Ben Roethlisberger (a play in which the quarterback was knocked out until the game-winning drive due to a shoulder injury) and interception of backup Landry Jones spurred the Cincinnati Bengals ' comeback bid, he also committed a crucial unnecessary roughness penalty on Antonio Brown with 22 second remaining, which compounded with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from Adam Jones to set up the Steelers' game-winning field goal. On a more serious note, Burfict has been flagged for 14 unnecessary roughness calls since he entered the professional ranks in 2012, seemingly necessitating Monday's action from the NFL. Pending an appeal, he'll begin the suspension in Week 1 of next season.
Burfict has always been considered one of the best players on the
After missing practice Thursday, Burfict put in a full session Friday and will be back in the lineup at weak-side linebacker. On the season, he's played in seven games and recorded 49 tackles.
Vontaze Burfict (ankle) is not listed on the Cincinnati Bengals ' Week 13 injury report.
Burfict, who looks good to go for Sunday's game against the Browns, is back on the IDP radar after having recorded 22 tackles over his last three contests.
Vontaze Burfict suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Rams, ESPN.com reports.
Burfict managed seven tackles prior to his exit from Sunday's game, but his IDP owners will need to track his status in advance of next weekend's tilt against the Browns.
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