Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict caught a break Wednesday when his five-game suspension was reduced to three games by the NFL. (Source: WXIX)
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Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict caught a break Wednesday when his five-game suspension was reduced to three games by the NFL.
The report has been confirmed by our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The initial suspension came after the NFL reviewed what they deemed to be an “illegal” hit on the Chiefs' Anthony Sherman in Week 2 of the preseason. Burfict appealed the suspension on Tuesday, and according to a report by ESPN, presented a “very good case” to get his suspension reduced.
After serving his three-game suspension, Burfict will have surrendered just under $1.5 million in game checks for suspensions.
He was also suspended the first three games of last season for an illegal hit on the Steelers’ Antonio Brown in a playoff loss.
Burfict is slated to return with the Bengals on Oct. 1, for a Week 4 game in Cleveland.
In a statement by the NFL, the league unveiled Burfict was suspended for “repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.”
The league also sent this note to Burfict:
“This is not your first offense with respect to illegal hits to defenseless players; to the contrary, this incident is consistent with your pattern of egregious safety-related violations including your hit on a defenseless player during the 2015 Wild Card game and your hit against a Baltimore tight end away from the play on January 3, 2016…When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry with them a significant risk of injury to an opposing player…you must be held accountable for this continuing unacceptable conduct.”