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02/11/16 - LB Vontaze Burfict had his three-game suspension upheld. Burfict recently had his case heard by NFL appeals office Derrick Brooks, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout and Hall of Famer. The suspension was handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell for the first three games of the 2016 regular season due to repeated violation of safety-related playing rules.
02/11/16 - The three-game suspension of Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict was upheld, according to published reports.
Burfict recently had his case heard by NFL appeals office Derrick Brooks, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout and Hall of Famer.
The suspension was handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell for the first three games of the 2016 regular season due to repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.
The disciplinary actions came after Burfict's questionable behavior during a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most notable was a blow to the head of receiver Antonio Brown that resulted in a concussion.
Burfict and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis met with Goodell and NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent on Thursday. The meeting was designed to discuss Burfict's pattern of behavior throughout his career.
Burfict has drawn 16 personal fouls during his five NFL seasons and Goodell is concerned with the high number of incidents.
Burfict and Lewis were inquiring on what changes Burfict could make to avoid further disciplinary issues.
In 2015, Burfict was fined $50,000 for a hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams and $70,000 for three incidents in a regular-season contest with the Steelers. Those episodes with Pittsburgh set the stage for a contentious playoff contest in which Brown was injured and unable to play in the following week's AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos.
The three-game suspension will cost Burfict $502,941 of his 2016 salary. He is entering the third season of a four-year, $20 million contract.
01/12/16 - LB Vontaze Burfict received a three-game suspension from the NFL on Monday for his hit to the head of Steelers WR Antonio Brown on Saturday.
According to the NFL's statement, Burfict was suspended for being a repeat offender of "violations of safety-related playing rules." Multiple reports state Burfict plans to appeal the suspension.
Burfict was fined nearly $70,000 for three separate incidents when the Steelers and Bengals met in December, accounting for about half of the nearly $140,000 in fines levied to players on both teams. He also was fined $50,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore TE Maxx Williams on Jan. 3.
In 2014, he was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Panthers QB Cam Newton.
12/29/15 - LB Vontaze Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit out of bounds against Denver TE Virgil Green. The penalty aided the Broncos in their drive toward a field goal in overtime. Green appeared to still be struggling for yardage when he was hit by Burfict, though he was out of bounds when the final shove came. "He's trying to tackle a guy and they are struggling," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "A lot of those things don't get called and they let it go."
12/29/15 - LB Vontaze Burfict's reputation is well-earned, but now Burfict believes it's being used against him.
During the overtime period of Monday night's 20-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness on tight end Virgil Green.
After Green hauled in an 8-yard completion on the sideline, Burfict attempted to strip the ball from Green before shoving him further out of bounds.
The 15-yard penalty was a key play on the drive that set up Brandon McManus' 37-yard field goal that proved to be the game-winner.
"He's trying to tackle the guy who's still struggling," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "He's pushing, (Burfict) is pushing back. I don't think (Burfict) does anything that doesn't happen on the sideline all the time."
According to an ESPN report, Burfict was fined nearly $70,000 for three separate plays during a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 13 including roughing the passer, facemask and unnecessary roughness.
In 2014, Burfict was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton.
Burfict now believes officials are seeking out jersey No. 55.
"Once the dude flopped, the ref looked at me and seen it was my number and then threw the flag," Burfict told reporters Monday. "I can't control that, just keep playing football. The refs, obviously they have it out for me. He looked at my number and then threw it."