January 12, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict suspended for three games, to appeal
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict's aggressive style has cost him a three-game suspension for the start of next season for repeated violations of player safety rules. It would cost him over $500,000 in lost salary. He's appealing the suspension. Burfict hit Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and caused a concussion. NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks said Burfict's action "placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided." Burfict was also fined $50,000 for hitting Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams when he wasn't involved in the play. Should the suspension stand, Burfict will lose $647,395 since just before the 2014 season, when he signed a four-year, $20 million contract extension. "He can't have that kind of blow with the guy that's receiving the pass," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "But it didn't go over the edge for the course of the season. He's had three penalties this season for unnecessary roughness. Let's not take things out of context, and understand it. Let's judge the body of work." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.