The NFL has suspended Vontaze Burfict for 5 regular season games for a hit away from the ball on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman on August 19. This is latest in a series of questionable hits Burfict has been involved in.
Let’s review some of the questionable hits:
2011: In high school, Burfict is accused by Matt Barkley of being a dirty player and going for his knees.
9/22/13: In a game against Green Bay Packers, he was fined $31,000 for hitting James Jones while he was defenseless and intentionally struck Ryan Taylor in the groin.
10/27/13: Burfict was fined $21,000 for spearing New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill with his helmet.
10/12/14: Greg Olsen of the Panthers accused Burfict of intentionally trying to injure he and Cam Newton by twisting their ankles after the play. He was fined $25,000. He also hit receiver Kelvin Benjamin, causing a concussion.
11/1/15: In a game against the Steelers, Burfict made a tackle on Le’Veon Bell that forced him to have season-ending knee surgery. He was accused of celebrating the injury.
12/13/15: Ben Roethlisberger accused Burfict of having intentionally targeted his ankle in the teams’ regular season game on December 13. He was fined.
1/9/16: In a Wild Card game against the Steelers, Burfict made an illegal hit to the head on a defenseless Antonio Brown, giving him a concussion. He was suspended the first 3 games of the 2016 season. In that same game, Burfict tackled Roethlisberger, injuring his shoulder and forcing him out of the game.
10/16/16: Burfict is fined $75,000 for stomping on New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.
August 2017: Burfict started a brawl in training camp by tackling running back Gio Bernard at the knees. Bernard was coming off knee surgery.
8/19/17: Burfict was suspended for the first five games of the 2017 regular season due to a hit he made on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman.
How many times does this need to happen? How many players does he have to intentionally injure? Many players have stated that he has tried to intentionally injure them. Burfict needs to be suspended not just 5 games but be banned from the NFL altogether. How can the NFLPA stand to allow one of its members to intentionally injure its other members?
Photo Credits: Sports Illustrated
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