Vontaze Burfict’s season is officially over after the NFL dropped the hammer on him Monday and suspending the Oakland Raiders linebacker for the remainder of 2019 as a result of his vicious hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
Burfict violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 10, which states: “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent.”
This was the fourth suspension during his NFL career.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan had this to say in a letter sent to him:
“There were no mitigating circumstances on this play. Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game.
“Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.
“Your extensive history of rules violations is factored into this decision regarding accountability measures.”
Because of his actions on Sunday and prior incidents, Burfict has cost himself millions of dollars.
Here’s a list of his fines and suspensions:
September 2019: Forfeiting $1.2 Million for hit on Jack Doyle.
December 2018: Fined $53,482 for lowering helmet on Broncos’ Andy Janovich.
October 2018: Fined $112K for hit to head area on Steelers’ Antonio Brown, James Conner.
March 2018: Forfeiting $1.8M after suspension for violating league’s PED policy.
October 2017: Fined $12K for kicking Steelers’ Roosevelt Nix.
The list goes on:
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