Burfict was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor battery charge, ESPN reports. The alleged incident occurred in Nevada, although no other information regarding the arrest was made available to the public at this time. Burfict has not played in the NFL since Week 4 of the 2019 season after drawing a 12-game suspension from a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
Burfict was reinstated from a suspension last month and hopes to play in the NFL in 2020, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Burfict opened 2019 as a starter for Oakland but was suspended for the rest of the season after a helmet-to-helmet hit Week 4 against Indianapolis. The 29-year-old linebacker has a long history of dirty hits and hasn't played at a high level since 2017, so the most he can hope for this offseason is a chance to battle for a starting job.
Burfict had his 12-game suspension upheld Wednesday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Burfict's appeal to reduce the length of his suspension has been rejected, and he will not play another snap for Oakland during the 2019 season. The Raiders' attention will now turn toward finding a new starting middle linebacker. The team could rely on a combination of Dakota Allen, Kyle Wilber and Justin Phillips to fill Burfict's role, or opt to sign a replacement in free agency.
Burfict has been officially suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Burfict has a lengthy history of dirty plays, including two suspensions and 11 fines. Following a head-to-head hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday's game, the league handed him his longest suspension yet. As expected, Burfict will appeal this suspension, and the hearing likely will be Tuesday, according to Rapoport. Rookie Dakota Allen figures to be next in line to start at middle linebacker, though the Raiders may dip into free agency to find a replacement.
Burfict may be suspended for the rest of the season, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Burfict added to his long history of dirty plays with a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Colts. The NFL may announce a suspension as early as Monday, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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