CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.
Our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer have confirmed Burfict will appeal.
The appeal, according to ESPN, will likely center around the fact Burfict was prescribed meds for a concussion he suffered during a game against the Steelers on Dec. 4 as well as a shoulder injury he suffered during a Dec. 24 game against the Lions.
Burfict is fighting to be able to play the first four games of next season.
Burfict has been disciplined 10 different times by the NFL, costing him more than $2.5 million in fines and lost pay. A four-game suspension would cost more than $1.6 million in game checks.
This would be the third suspension for Burfict. The league suspended him the first three games of the 2016 season for his hit on Antonio Brown in the Bengals' playoff loss to the Steelers. He got another three-game suspension to start the 2017 season after a pre-season hit during the game against the Chiefs.
The Bengals have not commented on the decision.
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