BURFICT SUSPENDED THREE GAMES
VIOLATIONS OF PLAYER SAFETY RULES
VONTAZE BURFICT of the Cincinnati
Bengals has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2016
regular-season for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.
most recent violation came with 22 seconds remaining in last Saturday’s game
against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he was penalized for unnecessary
roughness for using his shoulder to make forcible contact to the head and neck
area of a defenseless receiver.
suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations MERTON HANKS, who ruled that Burfict’s
action placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been
avoided. The suspension will take effect
at the time of the final roster reduction prior to Week 1 of the 2016
has previously been fined for safety-related violations four times in 2015,
including a $50,000 fine for unnecessarily contacting an opponent who was out
of the play in Cincinnati’s Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within
three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the appeals officers jointly appointed and
compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player
conduct of other players and coaches in the Steelers-Bengals game is being
reviewed for potential discipline.
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