Vontaze Burfict loses appeal, will be suspended for rest of season

Vontaze Burfict is officially out for the season after the Oakland Raiders linebacker lost his appeal over a suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle.

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The NFL announced the decision from appeals officer Derrick Brooks on Wednesday after a Tuesday hearing in which the Raiders supported Burfict.

Burfict was initially assessed the harsh penalty following last week’s game against the Colts, in which he was ejected for laying a vicious hit on a defenseless Doyle. That added yet another chapter to the linebacker’s long history of dirty hits.

The NFL, clearly done with Burfict’s act, held nothing back in assessing Burfict’s conduct during the game and in the past.

From NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan’s letter to Burfict:

There were no mitigating circumstances on this play. Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game. Following each of your previous rule violations, 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 rules designed to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.

Burfict’s outlook for his appeal got even bleaker when the NFL not-so-subtly revealed it had found another helmet-to-helmet hit in the Colts game that Burfict had apparently gotten away with.

The now-official punishment is unprecedented in NFL history for an illegal hit, Burfict seems to have done more than earn it in his eight-year NFL career.

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Oakland Raiders' linebacker Tahir Whitehead wears a cap with the number 55 in support of his banned teammate Vontaze Burfict during a press conference after a practice session at the Grove Hotel in Chandler's Cross, Watford, England, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended Monday for the rest of the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, the most severe punishment in NFL history for an on-field infraction. The Oakland Raiders are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Chicago Bears in London on Sunday. (AP Photo/Leila Coker)
Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) speaks with Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) after his helmet-to-helmet hit on Doyle during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Burfict has been suspended for the rest of the season for the hit. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee runs to catch a pass as Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) defends during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Napa, Calif. Both the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Rams held a joint practice before their upcoming preseason game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Oakland Raiders linebackers Vontaze Burfict, left, and Oakland Raiders linebacker Kyle Wilber take part in a drill during NFL football training camp Monday, July 29, 2019, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict walks the field during practice before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Cincinnati. The Bengals terminated the contract of Burfict on Monday, March 18, 2019, releasing him to free agency. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) runs against a tackle attempt by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict prepares to take the field before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in Cincinnati. Burfict returns from his latest NFL suspension, rejoining a Bengals defense that has given up a lot of yards and points during Cincinnati's 3-1 opening run. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)
Trainers check on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict after he was injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict celebrates a defensive stop against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game on September 15, 2019, at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, CA. (Photo by Daniel Gluskoter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 02: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals takes the field for the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-10. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a defensive stop during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.The Steeler defeated the Bengals 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 8: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals congratulates head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals after defeating the Buffalo Bills 20-16 at Paul Brown Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 15: Linebackers Vontaze Burfict #55 and Rey Maualuga #58 and defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry #95 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackle running back Felix Jones #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a game at Heinz Field on December 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 30-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23: Jerricho Cotchery #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Terence Newman #23 and Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals after a second quarter catch at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game against the Missouri Tigers at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Tigers 37-30 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils warms up before the college football game against the Missouri Tigers at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Suspension is latest Vontaze Burfict’s many punishments

There was a reason that Burfict’s notable defenders regarding the suspension were basically his own team and Bill Romanowski.

Burfict has been laying dangerous hits for years, with past hits like going after Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in a playoff game and his own teammate Giovani Bernard’s knees in practice. That history goes back to college, racking up 16 personal fouls in his last 26 games at Arizona State.

Burfict has racked up more than $4.2 million in between fines and game checks lost to suspension according to Spotrac, a total that will only go up with this latest punishment.

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