Report: Vontaze Burfict facing season-long suspension

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Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict is looking at another suspension for illegal on-field hits and it will reportedly be a lengthy one.

Chris Mortenson of ESPN reports that Burfict is facing a season-long ban in response to Sunday’s conduct. Burfict was ejected from the Raiders’ win over the Colts for lowering his head and delivering a helmet-to-helmet blow to Colts tight end Jack Doyle while Doyle was on a knee after catching a pass.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said after the game that the ejection was “a tough decision,” but the call to suspend Burfict probably won’t be a difficult one. He’s served two other multi-game suspensions for on-field infractions and has been fined regularly — over $165,000 last season — for delivering illegal hits during games.

Burfict, who is a Raiders captain, has 18 tackles in four games this season. He is only under contract for the 2019 season.

81 responses to “Report: Vontaze Burfict facing season-long suspension

  1. Season long suspension for Vontaze Burfict for helmet to helmet…….. but Jonathan Jones doesn’t even get ejected for his hit on Josh Allen that knocked him out of the game? The NFL has absolutely no consistency at all with their rules. Absolutely embarrassing.

  2. When will the league do the same for the Eagles Sendejo? He was a dirty headhunter on the Vikings and nothing has changed other than now he does it for the Eagles.

  3. The league needs to show an example that this isn’t accepted. Maybe this will show players that they need to respect another.

  4. Marlon Humphrey was tryn to kill OBJ and the ref stood over them giving the 1-2-3 WWE count-off, no flag. It was so bad, OBJ body was literally draggin up the field by the force of the choke. How that goes un-noticed will be interesting.

  5. The NFL can’t possibly claim to be serious about player safety if they let Burfict stay out on the field headhunting. It’s become clear that he has no desire to change the way he plays.

  6. Maybe the best set of comments from readers ever. What about others mentioned here? The Burfict suspension is no surprise. A captain for the Raiders? wow

  7. weird its almost like he has a history of this kind of stuff…even in college he was a dirty player. Kick him out for life

  8. billsfan905 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 9:59 am
    Season long suspension for Vontaze Burfict for helmet to helmet…….. but Jonathan Jones doesn’t even get ejected for his hit on Josh Allen that knocked him out of the game? The NFL has absolutely no consistency at all with their rules. Absolutely embarrassing.

    If you can’t tell the extremely contrasting differences between those two hits you’re not watching the same sport most of us are.

  9. Allen (6-5) lowered his helmet as a runner into the 5-9 jones who was attempting to make a form tackle with his shoulder. The only people who keep trying to compare the two hits are either obviously ignorant and havent even watched the plays, or they just hate the Patriots.

  10. How many “2nd chances” does Burfict deserve? He’s already been fined $4MIL for being a dirty player, no respect for other players or the rules and in general a POS. Does anyone really think a season-long suspension will teach him respect for rules, integrity of the game or other players? Me neither…

  11. billsfan905 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 9:59 am
    Season long suspension for Vontaze Burfict for helmet to helmet…….. but Jonathan Jones doesn’t even get ejected for his hit on Josh Allen that knocked him out of the game? The NFL has absolutely no consistency at all with their rules. Absolutely embarrassing.
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    I’m no Patriots fan but Burfict has a loooonnngggg history of this nonsense. And I didn’t think the Jones hit was all that bad. Josh Allen has to know he needs to get down. He is a runner at that point. I think the flag was deserved but ejection wasn’t warranted.

  12. The NFL and NFLPA really messed this up. This was predictable and his past body of work was sufficient to remove him person from the game in the interest of player safety. But another person had to fall victim.

  13. He’s been suspended before multiple times so not like this is a surprise. And not like it was some sort of borderline play–the guy was on his knees and Burfict had plenty of time to see that and avoid contact. That’s the sort of play you’d make if you WANTED to draw a suspension. He isn’t just dirty but is also a moron.

  14. The hit on Josh Allen was initiated by Josh Allen. A 6’6″ QB, running, not sliding. Allen ducked his head still moving forward (meaning, not defenseless, or sliding) into the shoulder of Jones, who was bracing for impact.

    If you cannot objectively watch that replay and see that, you are just being partisan.

  15. Yeah, I am not a huge fan of this guy- some very stupid plays. But this is where the NFL misses the mark. A year is way to long for this. Cumulatively yes, but not at one instance.

    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.

  16. Not good enough. Expulsion. If he had this many fines and suspensions for smoking pot, he’d be gone from the league forever.

  17. I don’t care for Burfict but it shows once more how the league operates, suspension , others call for banned, yet a player threatens physical harm to a GM and zero is done for suspension

  18. Season long suspension for Vontaze Burfict for helmet to helmet…….. but Jonathan Jones doesn’t even get ejected for his hit on Josh Allen that knocked him out of the game? The NFL has absolutely no consistency at all with their rules. Absolutely embarrassing.

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    The inconsistency is that flags shouldn’t be thrown on running plays. Josh Allen (poorly coached) made no effort to slide — he was going to plow forward, Frank Gore-like. That’s what happens when you’re running and don’t give yourself up.

  19. There was a few nasty head shots yesterday… Burfict was of course the dirtiest because he is a well documented scumbag.. but that hit the Bucs O-lineman laid on Marcus Peters was almost as bad. Plus the hit on Josh Allen… which if you are saying was even in the same realm as the Burfict hit you are delusional..

  20. EightRings says:
    September 30, 2019 at 10:27 am
    Season long suspension for Vontaze Burfict for helmet to helmet…….. but Jonathan Jones doesn’t even get ejected for his hit on Josh Allen that knocked him out of the game? The NFL has absolutely no consistency at all with their rules. Absolutely embarrassing.

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    A dishonest assessment or you didn’t watch either play

  21. The NFL doesn’t like the Raiders winning a game! The hit on the Bills QB should call for 20 years in prison BUT they played on with the cost of 15 yards and NO EJECTION!!

    NFL is compromised!!

  22. I can’t stand this guy and I never could, so the Raiders signed him I was very disappointed.

    His past has obviously caught up to him because we saw much worse in two other games than what he did yesterday and they didn’t even get ejected.

  23. Of course he’ll be suspended, he plays for the Raiders. The league salivates at any prospect of screwing over the Raiders.

  24. The Raiders gambled this year at Linebacker and it is backfiring big time! First, they passed on both Devin White and Devin Bush (after passing on Roquan Smith the year before). Then they went out and signed Vontaze Burfict, whom was not only the defensive QB calling out all plays/adjustments, but was nominated a team captain. Then the Raiders choose to carry only 4 Linebackers onto the final 53 man Roster. Last week they placed starting LB Marquel Lee on IR and now Burfict might be gone for the year. As a result, the Raiders could be prevented from running their base defense for the remainder of the season as a result of these personnel decisions.

  25. jagsfanugh says:
    September 30, 2019 at 10:11 am
    Minshew was hit low at least 3 times and no red flags. Yep the refs suck.

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    If that’s Brady, that’s 3 flags. But we already know this…

  26. I thought the Burfict hit and the 2 hits by eagles in the Eagles-Packers game were about equal.

    I did not think the hit on Josh Allen was even a penalty. How many times a game does a RB get hit like that and no one says a word? Somehow Bills fans have invented a new category of “defenseless runner”. No such thing.

  27. This is a no-brainer for the NFL. Not one person outside the Raiders organization (even they will barely put up a fight) is going to feel bad for him or say it is unwarranted.

  28. of all of your on here slinging mud at Vontaze, how many of yall have played in the NFL? how many of yall can relate to anything a player processes as he makes a hit? how many of yall have actually played football post-high school? the point is: its easy to sling mud from the outside looking in………….

  29. Love hard hitting football but this dude has been intentionally trying to injure players since he was in college. If the players are being totally honest about living a good life after football they need to reign in their own because it ain’t the owners who are concussing them.

  30. Burfict’s history dictates that he be suspended. I don’t see the connection by comparing what he has repeatedly done, with one off hits like the Jones and Barnett hits. I didn’t see the Humphrey/OBJ incident, but to my knowledge, none of the other players are known to be dirty. The others will get, and probably deserve fines, but Burfict has earned this suspension many times over.

  31. Also worth questioning how a guy who is just one more bad hit away from a lengthy suspension shows up on a new team with a ONE YEAR contract and gets voted captain. There was nobody looking any more stable who could have been captain?

  32. There is zero bias from the nfl against the Raiders, but if he played on the Patriots, it would be known as the Patriot way. ..NFL Refs are a joke.NO doubt it was a bad hit. Refs control the game way to much and I am getting sick of it. NFL is so fixed since these new owners took control…Jones , Kraft, Kroenke, etc…its all about the buck now

    Should have known it would get tainted .its no different then the WWE, or the UFC- you know this is “as real as it gets”now. Thats why Kraft invested in the UFC as well. there is no difference.

  33. skunkb3ar says:
    September 30, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Allen (6-5) lowered his helmet as a runner into the 5-9 jones who was attempting to make a form tackle with his shoulder. The only people who keep trying to compare the two hits are either obviously ignorant and havent even watched the plays, or they just hate the Patriots.

    While that may be true, you also know if that had been Brady it would have been an ejection. I have no doubt about that. You can’t even breathe on Tammy without getting a personal foul.

  34. billsfan905 says:
    September 30, 2019 at 9:59 am
    Season long suspension for Vontaze Burfict for helmet to helmet…….. but Jonathan Jones doesn’t even get ejected for his hit on Josh Allen that knocked him out of the game? The NFL has absolutely no consistency at all with their rules. Absolutely embarrassing.
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    What’s embarrassing is your lack of understanding about the difference between hitting a player down on one knee and one running downfield trying to break a tackle. The play got flagged, as it should have, but even Steratore was saying it did not warrant ejection.

  35. The NFL and the refs are so selective. One person, one team does something and it’s a penalty, another person, another team does something and they act like Sgt Schultz. It’s bad when even the announcers mention how many penalties are missed on a particular player or team. Reminds me of all the tugging the OL got away with when Peyton Manning was QB.

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    EightRings says:
    September 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Season long suspension for Vontaze Burfict for helmet to helmet…….. but Jonathan Jones doesn’t even get ejected for his hit on Josh Allen that knocked him out of the game? The NFL has absolutely no consistency at all with their rules. Absolutely embarrassing.

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    The inconsistency is that flags shouldn’t be thrown on running plays. Josh Allen (poorly coached) made no effort to slide — he was going to plow forward, Frank Gore-like. That’s what happens when you’re running and don’t give yourself up.
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    So Pat’s fans think that it’s OK to hit runners like Gore by leading with the head like Jones did?
    Raiders will have a very legitimate gripe if Burfict is suspended and no penalty to Jones. Of course everybody know the Pat’s get all the breaks, like the head hit, the pick play and the Gilmours PI on Brown yesterday…

  37. Why do I keep seeing the scene in Scaface where Tony Montana walks out of the restaurant saying look out for the bad guy, you ain’t ever gonna see another bad guy like me.

  38. If you look at that hit it didn’t appear to be as dirty as many of his other hits. I think the hit by itself doesn’t warrant a suspension for the rest of the season. However, when you take into consideration who it is I think it’s warranted. He obviously hasn’t learned from past incidents and doesn’t care. Maybe it’s harsh but he has given them no choice. He may have played his last down in the NFL. What good is it to have a player who can’t stop doing things to get himself suspended.

  39. coming soon to an nfl store near you….your official authentic NFL team colors flags….the same ones worn by players….get your pair today. (who needs a helmet anymore, AB will be happy)

  40. This kind of action is part of the reason many fans are turning away from the “game”. I have not followed my team now for a number of seasons, because of stuff like this. Too much dirty stuff is allowed to take place in this league. Burfict should be thrown out of the league for ever and not allowed a fourth/fifth chance. Season ending suspension is only the beginning.

  41. It’s hard to believe the NFL is so desperate for players, that they are willing to allow guy like this on the field, who clearly endangers every other player on the field.

  42. What do people not understand when comparing Burfict to others being mentioned?

    Marlon Humphrey: no NFL suspension or fine history.

    Andrew Sendejo: suspended once, never fined, even though he’s been in the NFL longer than Burfict.

    Burfict: long history of suspensions and fines. Well known for drawing flags at awful times for undisciplined garbage hits.

    Burfict’s always going to be a target for refs and will be penalized harder than others for the same infringement. The NFL’s operated like this for years — they go after players who exhibit patterns more than first-time offenders. Is this really news to people?

  43. It’s amazing how many of you don’t understand that Burfict has a history of illegal, dangerous hits while the Jones hit was just an unfortunate circumstance. The Burfict hit was egregious, Jones’ was not. Burfict led with his helmet, Jones did not. Burfict has a long history of ridiculously irresponsible hits that injure, Jones does not. Burfict deserves, at the very minimum, a season long suspension since he has been suspended multiple times already for illegal hits. Jones wasn’t the one that lowered his head and initiated the helmet to helmet contact.

    Go rewatch the hit in slow motion. You’ll notice that Allen is the one that lowered his helmet and initiated the head hit.

  44. The league should change the rule from lowering the helmet to deliberately targeting an opponent with a helmet to helmet hit.

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