Oakland Reiders' draftback Wontase Burffict was suspended for the rest of the 2019 season because of his helmet-to-helmet hit at the Indianapolis Colts, tight end Jack Doyle, announced the league.
Burfict was ejected in the second quarter on Sunday with a 31-24 victory for the Raiders. He was initially flagged for hitting Doyle in the head in the middle. But after the officials joined, Burffict was thrown out.
The league has stated that it will not be paid during the suspension, which also covers the postseason.
NFL Vice President of Soccer Operations Yon Ruyan wrote a letter to Burfict explaining the decision.
"There were no mitigating circumstances in this game," the release said. "Your contact was unnecessary, obvious, and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were punished and disqualified from the game. After each of your previous policy violations, you and each of the employees appointed were warned that future violations would lead to escalation accountability measures, however, you continue to abuse proper rules designed to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk. "
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|Illegal Impact Dr.||2016|| 3  29-year-old Burfict received 13 suspensions and fines in seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Raiders as a free agent this season. Two of the suspensions were for illegal hits, six in total.
This is Burfict's first season with the Raiders and he was named team captain.
"It's a difficult decision, it's a difficult call. I think it was a banner," Reads coach John Gruden said Sunday. "It was very well documented that the league would review those plays in New York this year. So, that happened and I would wait to hear what their motives were. But it was a penalty shootout, he went down there with his head down and was called unfortunately for us it was a throwaway. "