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Vontaze Burfict Suspended for the Rest of the N.F.L. Season

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Vontaze Burfict Suspended for the Rest of the N.F.L. Season

Vontaze Burfict, the Oakland Raiders linebacker with a history of scams skirting the line of legality, was suspended on Monday for the remaining 12 NF.L games. station.

It was the longest suspension of all actions in the field, NFL.com reported.

Burfict's penalty was for "repeated violations of unnecessary harshness rules," but was precipitated by a helmet-to-helmet blow at the Indianapolis Colts' Jack Doyle's tight end on Sunday.

"Their contact was unnecessary, blatant and should have been avoided," Jon Runyan of New Zealand. vice president of football operations, wrote in the decision.

The coup occurred in the second quarter of a victory over Indianapolis. Doyle caught a pass in midfield and Burfict, with his head bowed, thrust his helmet into Doyle's. He was whistled for a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on play and sent off.

He blew mock kisses to the fans as he left the field.

The suspension was announced Monday in part because it gives Burfict a day to appeal on its day off Tuesday. This appeal would be heard by James Thrash or Derrick Brooks, NF.L's appeal officers.

Previous stories are considered when fining and suspending players, and Burfict has a previous story.

In 2014, when he was at Bengals, he was fined $ 25,000 for spraining his ankles Cam Newton and Greg Olsen of the Panthers, both with ankle problems earlier this year. "Punishment needs to go beyond a fine," Olsen told The Washington Post at the time. "Guys like that don't learn from these things. He was fined a hundred times for headhunting."

By 2015, all their problems seemed to involve the Steelers. Him finished the race season Le Veon Bell in November with an entrance, and although it doesn't look dirty, many Steelers were upset that he celebrated the injury. After the December rematch, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger accused Burfict of pointing helmet at Roethlisberger's legs. Several infractions in this game led to Burfict a total of $ 69,000 in fines.

The teams met for the third time in the playoffs. Burfict injured Roethlisberger in a sack, but he returned to the game. With the seconds left, Burfict hammered receiver Antonio Brown helmet to helmet, giving you a concussion.

Burfict was suspended in the first three games of 2016 for his actions last season, but returned to step on LeGarrette Blount's head. That brought a $ 75,000 fine. He too flipped over the Bills crowd.

Much of their problems in 2017 occurred before the start of the season. In the training camp, he received criticism for facing his own teammate, Gio Bernard, who many felt was dirty. Bernard was forgiving: "This is my friend. This is my guy. It's just at the beginning of camp that we're getting a little frustrated. This is football." he told reporters. In the preseason, a blow to Anthony Sherman of the Chiefs led to a suspension of five games, subsequently reduced to three.

Burfict started 2018 late after a four game suspension that was widely spread because of a drug violation. THE elbow on the head from his continuing opponent, Brown, he was fined $ 112,000, the highest yet. The Steelers also entered history again, with Roethlisberger accusing Burfict of threatening receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

For all this, Burfict remained in demand. Although not elaborated in 2012, it has established itself as a valuable NF.L. quickly, and the Bengals paid more than $ 14 million in seven seasons. It was released late last season, and the Raiders came up with a $ 1.8 million contract for a year for this season.

Now their season seems to be over, and the Raiders, who play in London this weekend, will need a new linebacker.

Ken Belson contributed reporting.

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