The NFL on Wednesday upheld Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s season-long suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on an Indianapolis Colts receiver just about two weeks in the past.
Burfict’s suspension is the longest-ever for an on-field incident. He’s going to omit the remainder of the Raiders’ season in addition to any playoff video games must Oakland get to that time later within the 12 months.
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Soccer Corridor of Famer Derrick Brooks was once the NFL’s appeals officer within the case. He sided with the NFL’s vp of soccer operations Jon Runyan that the hit was once “needless, flagrant and must had been have shyed away from.”
“There have been no mitigating instances in this play,” Runyan wrote within the letter to Burfict. “Your touch was once needless, flagrant and must had been have shyed away from. In your movements, you had been penalized and disqualified from the sport.
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Runyan persevered: “Following each and every of your earlier rule violations, you had been warned by way of me, and each and every of the collectively appointed enchantment officials that long run violations would lead to escalated duty measures. Alternatively, you have got persevered to flagrantly abuse laws designated to give protection to your self and your combatants from needless possibility.
“Your intensive historical past of laws violations is factored into this choice relating to duty measures.”
The veteran has racked up greater than $four million in fines and has been suspended 10 occasions because of the obvious headhunting at the subject. The consequences got here when he was once with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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The Raiders signed Burfict to a one-year, $2 million contract within the offseason. It integrated a $300,000 signing bonus and $300,000 in assured cash, in step with Spotrac.