Cincinnati Bengals' Vontaze Burfict (55) runs into Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown (84) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game. Pittsburgh won 18-16. Burfict was called for a penalty on the play. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension was upheld by NFL appeals officer Derrick Brooks, according to ESPN NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano.
“I view this as strike two for Burfict,” ESPN’s Coley Harvey said. “I think the NFL is saying, we’re giving you three games. We’re not going to rescind those or reduce those, because we still want to make a point. You don’t want to get to strike three.”
The NFL announced last month that Burfict would be suspended for the first three games of the 2016 NFL season following an NFL investigation of his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the AFC wild-card game. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his shoulder making contact with the helmet and neck area of a defenseless receiver.
Burfict met Thursday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, at Burfict's request, to discuss his behavior and what to do going forward, according to a tweet by Graziano. Burfict's agent and head coach Marvin Lewis were also at the meeting with Goodell and NFL executive VP Troy Vincent, after the appeal was denied.
“This is a meeting that Vontaze wanted to put in place," Harvey said, "He wanted to make sure he had a chance to explain himself and explain his side. He wanted to find out what he was doing wrong. In other words, what does he need to do from here on out? That was a big part of this conversation . I’m sure Goodell told him to play between the whistles.”
Source says Burfict, his agent and Bengals coach Mavin Lewis met today with Goodell and Troy Vincent, after appeal was denied.