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NFL suspends Bengals' Vontaze Burfict for the first three games of next season

NFL suspends Bengals' Vontaze Burfict for the first three games of next season

Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the first three games of next season as the NFL began handing down punishments on Monday for an ugly wild-card playoff game.

The league also is reviewing the conduct of other players and coaches during Pittsburgh's 18-16 victory at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday night that turned on penalties against Burfict and Bengals cornerback Adam Jones in the final minute.

Burfict was penalized for lowering his shoulder and hitting defenseless receiver Antonio Brown in the head after an incompletion with 22 seconds left and the Bengals holding a 16-15 lead. Brown got a concussion...

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