Vontaze Burfict Reportedly Facing 5-Game Suspension for Hit on Anthony Sherman

Bengals' Vontaze Burfict facing 5-game suspension

In the first quarter of the Bengals 30-12 loss, the linebacker lowered his shoulder and hit Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, who was running a route and not involved in the play.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is in hot water with the National Football League once again. "The club will support Vontaze in the appeal process", the team statement said. The sixth-year veteran was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for repeated violations of player-safety rules, including a risky and illegal hit to the head of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown during last year's AFC wild-card game. Monday participated in the team's first two preseason games.

Schefter also reported that Burfict is appealing the suspension, and his hearing will be this week. Burfict led with his shoulder and didn't make contact with Sherman's head.

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On Sunday, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown before hopping into the stands and waving his arms in the air.

The NFL will hear Burfict's case next week, according to Schefter.

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The Bengals will open the season with Burfict and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones suspended.

After Burfict's latest questionable preseason hit, the league office now is taking action against him again. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw the ball downfield, and at the same time Burfict decked Sherman near the line of scrimmage even though he wasn't part of the play. Green, for the last seven games of 2016.

When healthy and not suspended, Burfict is considered one of Cincinnati's best defensive players, but he has not completed a full 16-game slate since 2013.

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