Sunday afternoon, Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected after a direct helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle. This drew a penalty, as well as an outpouring of comments on social media. The belief was that Burfict would be suspended by the NFL as a repeat offender, and the league did just that on Monday morning while making history.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the league has suspended Burfict for the remainder of the regular season. His time as a starting linebacker and captain for the Raiders will end after only four games. Additionally, this is the longest suspension for an NFL player based on an on-field action.
The Raiders will now head to London for a battle with the Chicago Bears. Meanwhile, Burfict will appeal the league’s decision, per his agent.
Here’s the hit that could get Vontaze Burfict suspended for the season pic.twitter.com/eC8DK2nqCg
— Mitchell Renz (@MitchellRenz365) September 30, 2019