Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

National Football League announces four-game suspension for Vontaze Burfict

National Football League announces four-game suspension for Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict is his own enemy.

It's the third season in a row Burfict will begin with a suspension, this time for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Last season he was ruled out for three more games, cut down from an initial five-game sanction, for a hit on Kansas City Chiefs full-back Anthony Sherman during a pre-season match.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reports that the $11.3m guaranteed portion of Burfict's $33m three-year contract with the Bengals will become void because of the suspension.

It's yet to be seen if one of the four games that Burfict will miss to open the 2018 regular season will include a contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Burfict is no stranger to suspensions, but this is his first for PED use. Last season he recorded just 69 total tackles in the 10 games that he had played in.

Sources told Schefter that Burfict's appeal was to be centered around the fact that he was on prescribed medication for the concussion that he suffered on a hit from Steelers wide receiver Ju-Ju Smith Schuster on December 4 and that he suffered a Grade 3 shoulder AC sprain during the Detroit Lions game on December 24 and was on prescribed medications for this injury as well.

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