NFL announces Vontaze Burfict suspended for rest of season

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The NFL has had enough with Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Burfict, who has previously been suspended repeatedly for illegal hits and was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet blow yesterday, has been suspended for the rest of the season, the league announced this morning.

“There were no mitigating circumstances on this play,” NFL V.P. of Football Operations Jon Runyan said in a letter to Burfict. “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 designed to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk. Your extensive history of rules violations is factored into this decision.”

Burfict’s suspension is without pay, and will also cover the postseason if the Raiders make it. He does have the right to appeal.

119 responses to “NFL announces Vontaze Burfict suspended for rest of season

  1. The receiver was trying to get up so yes, there were mitigating circumstances, and there’s no consistency between the length of the Burfict suspension and the other hits that we’ve all been seeing happen without even so much as a penalty flag thrown.

    Ridiculous!

  2. He’ll definitely appear and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was reduced to something like eight games. That means he could come back for a game and get suspended another eight games and essentially miss the rest of the season. This guy just never learned. He’s lucky he’s in the NFL in the first place. He was considered a first-round talent but didn’t go until Marvin drafted him in the third. It’s been one thing after another with this guy and he just has never learned.

    Maybe AB will invite him to move in with him.

  3. But he still gets to play as long as his appeal is in play right? So that’s at least two or three more opponents coming up that will have to worry about his goon tactics.

  4. People have been comparing this hit to Jones on Allen in the NE-Buffalo game. There is an opposite angle of the hit (see Matt Dolloff on twitter) that shows why Jones was ejected and shouldn’t be suspended. I think the 15 yards on Jones was the correct call, especially when compared to the Eagle’s Barnett hit on TNF.

    Burfict’s hit was different and he has a history.

  5. Gruden and Mayock had lost this locker room before the season had even started. Sorry Raider Nation, Carr is not THAT GUY. He’s another Cousins – when the pressure mounts, he does not rise to the occasion.

    Viva Las Vegas

  6. As a Raiders fan, can’t really argue with the ruling.

    Bringing him in was a risk. As was Brown. As was Incognito.

    Hardly anyone argues that these guys aren’t good players, but there are reasons why their past teams have ended up going the “thanks, but no thanks” route.

    2 down, 1 left.

  7. Yet no ejections or suspensions for the patriots player or eagles players for their hits. Vonte should have never signed with the raiders because as we all know the NFL is not fair when it comes to officiating them, scheduling them or fining them.

  8. Seems harsh, but obviously you can’t someone with the record he has as someone who has a good record. He’s not learned from all the suspensions and fines he has had. Maybe he’ll learn from this, but I doubt it. Also, debatable whether he gets another team.

  9. If this is the same player I watched take a running start of at least 3 – 5 steps, lower his head and strike a player sitting on the ground, then yes – send him home for good. Have him stop by Suh’s place and take him along too.

  10. I won’t be shocked if this ends up getting reduced on appeal, but think its the right call at this point. Dude has been fined and suspended numerous times for this stuff and doesn’t seem to get it based on his continued play. Not only did he hit Doyle helmet to helmet but was also trying to throw an elbow/forearm to his head instead of wrapping up. His play continues to show his reckless disregard for his own and every other players safety

  11. There was a lot of chatter when the Raiders signed him that this would happen. Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know he was under the microscope. Too many previous infractions and punishments, valid or not, for any latitude on his behalf. So, the question is what do the Raiders do now? They had to know this would happen so are they prepared?

  12. Ridiculous. I really hope they win an appeal. NFL overreacting to the media outcry. The receiver was trying to get up and go. He should know when to get down. Isn’t that what people were saying about Josh Allen and the Patriots?

  13. kinda bogus if you rewatch the play. doyle was getting up off the ground so burfict couldnt draw a clean line on him. if they played college rules they woulda blown the whistle when doyle was on the ground and this wouldntve happened.

  14. The NFL is a joke. The inconsistency is an emberassment and until they fix the officiating it might as well be Jake the Snake vs. Macho Man every game. As a Raiders fan it’s a lost cause, Al Davis passed away long ago yet we live with the reputation he gave us decades ago. That play could pass as a 15 yard penalty based on the offenders reputation but season long suspension is just hilarious.

  15. The NFL is a hot mess now… I haven’t watched more than 20 minutes total this year. Ambiguous rules, punishment that seems to have no rhyme or reason to it, refs on the take, players acting like morons after making a good play (Teams running to the other endzone to take a “team picture” is the WORST nonsense I have ever seen.), Even redzone now posting tweets like somehow they are valid news sources. The product on the field is unwatchable and the nonsense off the field is intolerable.

  16. It will be interesting to how the NFLPA handles this…Do they back a defenseless player or the goon that tried to concuss him while he was on the ground?

  17. Raiders fan and I get that he’s a repeat offender, and what he did against the Colts TE was beyond unnecessary, but in the TNF game there were multiple helmet to helmets. If you’re going to suspend Burfict make the rules for everyone.

  18. This clown simply doesn’t get it or doesn’t care. The NFL has given him chance after chance for the same thing, I agree enough is enough.

  19. Frankly, college football is better at being reff’ed and regulated. They don’t tolerate any of that crap. Immediate 4Q ban. The NFL talks tough about player safety, but they barely crackdown on bad hits. Simple $10k fine for a guy collecting 6+figures each week. This past week, the Browns DE M Garret said the fines won’t change the way he plays. Make then fines care!

  20. When are Raider fans going to get it that they are being ripped off by Davis? Despite betraying loyal fans he’s packing up to move to Las Vegas and assumes Raider Nation will continue what ever he does. It doesn’t matter. Sick. look at The Los Angeles Chargers. They have only a trickle of fans since they’ve moved.

  21. Bunch of millenials in the comments. Players use their helmet to lodge the ball loose all the time. Doyle was down, and attempted to get up and run. Vontaze had alrdy committed. Helmet to helmet? yes. Penalty? Yes. Ejection from the game? Sure. But suspended the whole season!? That’s ridiculous considering suh, sendejo, kiko alonso, etc have never faced a suspension like this.

  22. Quickest league response ever…maybe you should be this fast with all players. Other players need removed from the game before this guy, but they continue to play

  23. So the Raiders have lost their best offensive off-season pick up and best defensive off-season pickup due to self inflicted wounds.

    Anyone here still thinking Mayock is a genius GM?

    I said it when they hired him, there’s way more to building a team than just offering opinions on draft picks.

    Gruden and Mayock are in way over their head.

  24. That guy is a grinder man. Ya just gotta love his intensity. Total baller. Im telling ya man, i wish i had 52 more of him.

    Jon Gruden
    Raiders Head Coach

  25. Mayoc is 0-2 already. Gave a away 2 picks for nothing in the AB debacle, everyone knew Vonteze was always a play away from disaster and now we wait for the ticking time bomb that is Ritchie Incognito. Hell of an off-season there Raider Nation..And we don’t even need to talk about what a waste Clelin Ferrell has been so far.

  26. Everyone comparing this to the Jones hit in the Pats game is delusional lol.

    First off, Doyle merely needed to be touched and the play is over….Allen, at the point of the hit, had already become a “runner” at that point and wasn’t sliding. Allen is the one that actually lowered his helmet and Jones hits him with his shoulder.

    The two plays are nowhere near comparable.

  27. Anyone complaining needs to realize that there is a history here. Had this been one player and one hit it would have been a fine. But this guy is out to hurt players. That can’t be allowed.

    This is NOTHING like what happened in the PATS game.

  28. should have been lifetime ban. Some dumb billionaire owner will sign him again next year.
    eventually someone is going to get injured for life if they don’t get rid of him permanently.

  29. This hit was terrible.

    But here’s the problem with using Burfict’s “history” against him:

    It’s like you get a hefty speeding ticket for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. That’s fair. Then the police decide to follow you around and you get a ticket every time you go 36 mph in a 35 mph zone. Now you go 50 mph in a 35 mph zone for the second time and they want to suspend your license based on your “history.”

  30. Yeah, I am not a huge fan of this guy- some very stupid plays. But this is where the NFL misses the mark.

    The NFL is like a parent that is inconsistent with discipline and boundaries with their kids. If kids (players) don’t know their boundaries and their consequences change each time, they don’t act in the way you want. They should have suspended him after each egregious time, then he knows the deal. I don’t like this kind of play, but there is no rhyme or reason on why the league deals out punishment.

  31. The player in question has a LOOOOOONG history of cheap shots and then LOVING it after he does it. After he got ejected he was rooting it up to the crowd thiking he did a great thing. Let him sit home the rest of the year. Of course he will appeal and the NFL will cut it down to a 8 game suspenion because thats what the do…..

  32. raidernation210 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Yet no ejections or suspensions for the patriots player or eagles players for their hits. Vonte should have never signed with the raiders because as we all know the NFL is not fair when it comes to officiating them, scheduling them or fining them.

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    Josh Allen was a runner who was fighting to gain extra yardage, Johnathan Jones has no history of cheap shots in the NFL, and Allen did not have his helmet down during the play. I don’t understand why people keep mentioning this. They’re probably just pissed that Buffalo once again lost to New England.

  33. Raider fans are coming up with excuse after excuse and trying to say he isn’t a dirty player.

    Do any of u Raider fans know what a defenseless player even is?

  34. “Yet no ejections or suspensions for the patriots player or eagles players for their hits. ”

    The Pats player hit was neither egregious or intentional. Is clear on the replay he was aiming for Allen’s chest when Allen both ducked his head and started getting dragged down by McCourty. It was the combination of those latter 2 factors that caused the helmet to helmet hit.

    Whereas Burfict has a long history of intentional helmet to helmet headhunting. Jones has no history of such and replay angles clearly show there was no intent to hit Allen that way.

  35. Burfict is notorious for this and they are saying it’s flagrant, which is intending to injure, so they are letting him know they do take player safety seriously. It is a harsh penalty, but Burfict and his past with this same exact issue makes the suspension deserved.

  36. “Raider fans are coming up with excuse after excuse and trying to say he isn’t a dirty player.

    Do any of u Raider fans know what a defenseless player even is?”
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    Without bias, this doesn’t even make the top 1000 worst NFL hits I’ve seen.
    Raiders fan, not saying he’s a clean player by any stretch. Just wish people would stop acting like this play in any way deserves a season long suspension on it’s own merits.

  37. TOTALLY WEAK!!! It’s football. This game has turned into a sport of Candy-A#@’s!! Dude is a football player. Old school tough. People on here whining about it are a symbol of what the world is coming to. Weak.

  38. should have been a lifetime ban. since he only signed a one year contract, i can’t see any one else signing him now, but the nfl shouldn’t allow anyone to sign him.

  39. The rest of the season! That is a little extreme. 8 games would have been enough. I don’t like the guy or the way he plays but players get far less for domestic violence. Wish the NFL would show a little more balance.

  40. He needs to be reigned in.
    I imagine this is going to be bargained down to 8 games or something, but come on.

    You might be into ‘old school’ football and ‘highlight’ hits, but his actions go beyond those norms too often.

  41. Had to do it he launched himself while lowering his head, and he tried to deliver the arm shiver for the knockout blow. The guy has been dirty from day 1 this isn’t the 60s, 70s, or even the 80s where that was the norm…Bye Bye

  42. It’s about time. Here he is purposely swatting down his home team cameraman, camera and and others and then walking away like a gangster. Clearly on purpose.

  43. What a bunch of clueless comments. The suspension is NOT about THAT hit, but about his HISTORY of hits. Why is that so hard to understand by some of you? Can you not read?

  44. Whereas Burfict has a long history of intentional helmet to helmet headhunting. Jones has no history of such and replay angles clearly show there was no intent to hit Allen that way.

    18 6

    Must have missed that because I don’t have Homer Vision on my cable list.

  45. Why give him a lifetime ban? How long did Josh Gordons ban last, a few months? Of course that’s the pats, aren’t they also playing a guy arrested for being a drug dealer?

  46. The denial of Raiders fans is incredible! I remember the comments from Raiders fans when they signed Burfict. He was going to be the greatest signing ever and fix their defense! Well, Burfict couldn’t change his stripes – even though he did change uniforms. Now these ‘believers’ are in shock and denial.

  47. His style of play would’ve been appreciated in the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s, but not now.
    Maybe he could hitch a ride with Marty McFly.

  48. Where’s the punishment for the team? The Raiders should get punished for signing an obviously dirty player and not keeping him under control. Seems ridiculous that they lose nothing.

  49. This could actually help the Raiders, as Burfict has lost a step or two. He was brought in to help be a coach on the field, and he’s already served his purpose. The Raiders will end up actually improving on the field.

  50. Garbage. Was a football play gone bad….not headhunting.

    If you want to give him a couple games, sure. But to give him a suspension that’s more than twice what any on field event has received in the past is ludicrous.

  51. He’ll definitely appear and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was reduced to something like eight games. That means he could come back for a game and get suspended another eight games and essentially miss the rest of the season. This guy just never learned. He’s lucky he’s in the NFL in the first place. He was considered a first-round talent but didn’t go until Marvin drafted him in the third. It’s been one thing after another with this guy and he just has never learned.

    Maybe AB will invite him to move in with him.

    ——

    He went undrafted

  52. Was the hit really that bad or is the suspension because of that hit and all of his cheap shots in the past? I haven’t seen the hit from yesterday yet.

  53. This should (once again) be just another football play. The offensive player is trying to get up and make additional yardage. The physical intensity and hard-hitting play is what attracted most people to the sport. Grown men playing professionally should be able to play this sport the way it was meant to be played if they accept the risk. I’m hoping the XFL gets this right and I’ll watch because the NFL is weak. We let people jump out of airplanes in wingsuits, skydive, fight in cage, consume as much alcohol as they want, etc. I’m fine with stringent protections at the youth level but let the grown men play the game as it was designed.

  54. That’s Brown. And now Burfect. How long before Incognito blows up in their faces.

    Mayock’s inability to read the mental health of his prospective free agents is killing them. In not one of these three cases is the player’s stability history hidden, unknown, a surprise kept from the club, etc.

    In the Brown case it manifest in extreme Diva. And so it ended.
    In the Burfect case it manifest as extreme onfield reckless violence. And so it ended.
    In the Incognito case it manifest itself as extreme behaviour towards the team, coaches and internal authority. And so it will end.

    Mayock is in love with tape. With Game Film. With what he watches. He does not know how to integrate the mental health of the player into the equation. He does not know hte player.

  55. @i thumbs down your comment says:
    Seems a little harsh
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    To the uneducated, you have a point.

  56. He is a proven danger to other players. He literally could have broken AB’s neck and now this. There’s no excuse.

  57. This cretin should NEVER play in the NFL or ANYWHERE ever again. He’s going to kill or paralyze someone if he’s allowed to ever set foot on a field again. He’s extremely dangerous and proud of his illegal, stupid acts, laughing and grinning wildly as he departs the many games in which he’s been thrown out. His are criminal acts, and he belongs in prison, not on a football field….

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