The announcement from the league was made Monday, at some point after Burfict’s ejection for his helmet-to-helmet hit to Indianapolis Colts tight finish Jack Doyle within the second quarter. When he left the sector, Burfict blew kisses to the Indianapolis crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Raiders would go on to defeat the Colts 31-24.
Jon Runyan, the NFL’s vice chairman of soccer operations, issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Part 2, Article 10, which states: “It’s a foul if a participant lowers his head to provoke and make contact together with his helmet in opposition to an opponent.”
“There have been no mitigating circumstances on this play,” Runyan wrote in his letter to Burfict. “Your contact was pointless, flagrant and may have been averted. On your actions, you have been penalized and disqualified from the sport.
“Following every of your earlier rule violations, you have been warned by me and every of the jointly-appointed enchantment officers that future violations would end in escalated accountability measures. Nonetheless, you could have continued to flagrantly abuse guidelines designated to guard your self and your opponents from pointless threat.
“Your intensive historical past of guidelines violations is factored into this resolution concerning accountability measures.”
Appeals are heard and determined by both Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers collectively appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to resolve appeals of on-field participant self-discipline.
Burfict, who spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, signed with the Raiders in March. This would be the fourth suspension of his profession, and he is additionally had quite a few fines for unlawful hits.
In 2017, he was suspended for 5 video games — later diminished to a few — for making prohibited contact to the pinnacle and neck space of a defenseless participant in addition to forcible contact together with his opponent away from the circulate of the play.
In 2016, Burfict was suspended for the primary three video games of the season for pointless roughness for utilizing his shoulder to make forcible contact to the pinnacle and neck space of a defenseless receiver.
Burfict additionally was suspended in 2018, for 4 video games, to be used of a banned substance.