Jon Runyan

NFL reduces Vontaze Burfict's suspension to three games

NFL reduces Vontaze Burfict's suspension to three games

Vontaze Burfict of the Cincinnati Bengals has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the season a reduction from the original suspension of five games, the NFL said Wednesday.

The ban was imposed on the linebacker for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules. He had appealed the original suspension.

In a letter notifying Burfict of the suspension, Jon Runyan, NFL vice president of football operations, wrote: “This is not your first offense with respect to illegal hits to defenseless players; to the contrary, this incident is consistent with your pattern of egregious safety-related violations including your hit on a defenseless player during the 2015...

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