CINCINNATI (FOX19 NOW/AP) - - Bengals Pro Bowl Linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension for a hit against the Chiefs' Anthony Sherman in the Bengals' second preseason game last week.
Burfict is expected to appeal the suspension.
"The Bengals are aware of the NFL's letter to Vontaze regarding a play in last weekend's game," the Bengals said in a statement issued late Sunday.
"The film shows that the hit was legal, that Vontaze engaged his opponent from the front, and that contact was shoulder-to-chest. The Club will support Vontaze in the appeal process."
The Bengals will start the season with Burfict and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones suspended by the league. Both drew fouls that set up Pittsburgh's winning field goal for an 18-16 victory at Paul Brown Stadium in a first-round playoff game during the 2015 season.
Burfict was suspended for his hit on Antonio Brown in that game.