Appeal hearing reportedly set after Vontaze Burfict gets season-long suspension

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first_imgBurfict’s agent appealed the decision, and NFL Media reported a hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 8. The NFL is done with Vontaze Burfict playing outside the rules. The league announced Monday it has suspended the Raiders linebacker for the rest of the 2019 season for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday’s game. Rams’ loss to Buccaneers ‘a wake-up call for everybody,’ Sean McVay says Jalen Ramsey trade rumors: Jaguars turned down two first-round picks for star cornerbackcenter_img Source: The appeal for #Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict of his suspension for the rest of the season will be on Tuesday, heard by NFL-NFLPA jointly appointed appeals officer, Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 3, 2019Derrick Brooks will hear Burfict’s appeal, and NFL Media notes he and James Thrash have a history in that chair — Thrash previously reduced a Burfict suspension from five games to three in 2017 after Brooks upheld a three-game suspension in 2016. Like this tweet if you think Vontaze Burfict should receive a lifetime ban from the NFL pic.twitter.com/I0ZwC4m0BE— Kyle Fahey (@KyleFaheyNFL) September 29, 2019If the season-long ban is upheld, Burfict will have been suspended for a total of 22 games in his career. Those absences and additional fines incurred will have cost him more than $5 million in salary, according to ESPN.The Raiders (2-2) are next slated to take on the Bears (3-1) in London in Week 5. Burfict, 29, has a long history of illegal hits that have led to fines and suspensions. He reportedly racked up $165,000 in sanctions last season alone. Vontaze Burfict suspended for remainder of 2019 season for violations of unnecessary roughness rules. pic.twitter.com/oSMl2iSRNW— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) September 30, 2019″There were no mitigating circumstances on this play,” NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to Burfict. “Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. … 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 opponents from unnecessary risk.”  Related Newslast_img

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