The NFL has suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the rest of the season for the helmet-to-helmet hit that led to his ejection from Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Burfict was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday’s 31-24 win for the Raiders. He was initially flagged for hitting Doyle in the head across the middle. But after the officials conferred, Burfict was thrown out.
The league said that he will be not be paid during the suspension and cited repeated violations of unnecessary roughness rules.
“There were no mitigating circumstances on this play,” NFL vice president of football operations, Jon Runyan, said in a statement. “Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant, and should have been avoided …”
“Following each of your previous rule violating, 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 ruled designed to protest yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.”
According to ESPN, the veteran will appeal the ban.
Burfict received 13 suspensions and fines in seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Raiders as a free agent this offseason. Two of the suspensions were for illegal hits, totaling six games.