Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict facing 5-game suspension

On Sunday, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown before hopping into the stands and waving his arms in the air.

It could be a fond memory that will have to last Bengals fans for a few weeks.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday night that Burfict is facing a five-game suspension for a hit he laid on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman back on Aug. 19. Video of the play in question appears to show Burfict, with 7:58 remaining in the first quarter, unloading on an unsuspecting Sherman after Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith releases a pass headed for tight end Travis Kelce way downfield.

Sherman crept out of the backfield as an eligible receiver, but was not close to being Smith’s intended target.

ESPN first reported the development. Rapoport reported Burfict intends to appeal the ruling. After the Bengals returned to Cincinnati on Sunday night, Burfict said his appeal is scheduled to be heard Tuesday, apparently via conference call.

“I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best,” Burfict told the team’s official website. “I feel like I’ve let down my teammates, but I also feel like I’ve done a good job with this. I only had one personal foul last year. We feel like this was a

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