Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has misplaced his attraction and will start the 2018 season serving a 4-recreation suspension for violating the league’s PED policy, based on an NFL assertion.
The NFL introduced the suspension in mid-March. The report didn’t determine the efficiency-enhancing substance concerned within the violation.
Burfict will be allowed to take part in all offseason and preseason practices and video games.
This will mark the third straight season the controversial linebacker has been suspended firstly of the yr. He sat out the primary three video games of 2016 for repeated violations of participant security guidelines, together with a jarring hit to the top of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown within the 2015 playoffs.
The NFL then suspended Burfict the primary three video games of 2017 for an unlawful hit he made on a Chiefs participant in a preseason recreation. He has additionally been fined and/or forfeited $2.9 million in wage throughout his profession for violating NFL guidelines.
Ian Rapoport had beforehand reported that if Burfict misplaced his attraction, the ensures in his three-yr, $33 million contract can be void.