Bengals: Vontaze Burfict’s Suspension Reportedly Upheld

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) reacts on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) reacts on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Vontaze Burfict filed an appeal for his suspension in hopes to have his punishment reduced by the league. Now, His suspension has been reportedly upheld today after a meeting with Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent, According to Dan Graziano of ESPN:

Burfict was suspended after his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. The penalty and a following penalty on Adam Jones for unsportsmanlike conduct put the Steelers in field goal range, which ended the Bengals season.

This now means that Vontaze will miss the first three games of the season. The Bengals are not stranger to playing without Burfict however. He missed the first six games of the 2015 season, when the Bengals went 6-0, and also missed 11 games in 2014, when they made the playoffs as one of the wild card teams.

Burfict did finish the 2015 season with 74 combined tackles, one sack, five pass deflections, and two interceptions. Those numbers don’t include his fourth quarter interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round, which should have all but sealed the win until Jeremy Hill’s fumble and penalties killed the Bengals playoff win hopes.

It is sad to see Burfict’s suspension not reduced at all by the NFL but they have been known for making their own rules as they go. Now, the Bengals will have to prove they still have one of the best defenses in the league, even without one of the best linebackers in the league.

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