Vontaze Burfict has a knack for being on the giving end of dirty hits, and he finds himself there once again. This time it's not even during a regular season game.
The league has suspended Burfict for 5 games, but the 5th-year linebacker from Arizona State is claiming that the hit was legal and that he is going to appeal the suspension.
Burfict laid into an unsuspecting Fullback from the Chiefs as he was running a pass route. Anthony Sherman was running an inside crossing route in front of Burfict when he was laid-out while his head was turned back towards his QB.
There was a flag thrown on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct due to the fact that the ball wasn't even thrown to Sherman when he was drilled in the upper body by Burfict's shoulder and/or helmet.
The Bengals and Burfict are claiming that the hit may have been deemed unnecessary, but it wasn't illegal due to the claim that he used his shoulder and struck the chest and shoulder of Sherman, and his helmet did not strike that of Sherman's.
If his suspension stands, it will cost Burfict $882,353 in lost base-salary.
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