Vontaze Burfict’s suspension reduced to three games

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s initial five-game suspension for a hit he delivered during a preseason game against the Chiefs has been reduced to three games on appeal, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Jon Runyan, NFL vice president of football operations, initially suspended Burfict five games. James Thrash, an NFL-NFL Players Association appeals officer who heard the appeal Tuesday , reduced the suspension to three.

Burfict was found by the league to have violated two rules when he hit Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman on a play with 7:58 remaining in the third quarter of a game on Aug. 19. The league stated he made unnecessary contact against a player in a defenseless posture (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 of NFL rulebook) and he hit a player who is out of a play (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6).

In his letter notifying Burfict of his suspension, Runyan 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 Wild Card game and your hit against a Baltimore tight

Article source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000837222/article/burficts-nfl-suspension-reduced-to-three-games

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