On Sunday night, we indicated that Raiders Vontaze Burfict's linker could be stopped because of his illegal hit by the Colts, tight Jack Doyle, even though Burfict was thrown out. Burfict is reported to be stopped for the hit.
According to the NFL's Ian Rapoport, the league's office will probably stop Burfict today for taking off his helmet and getting stuck in Doyle's helmet.
Burfict has a long history of suspensions for various violations, but its three unlawful hits of 2018 – which have attracted fines of more than $ 165,000 – will most significantly affect its decision to suspend it.
The league office decided not to stop Burfict after several unlawful hits against the Steelers last October over fears that if the suspension were lifted on appeal, it would give the impression in 32 locker rooms that the league office was exaggerating. This time around, the league seems ready to roll the dice that neutral independent referees will agree that it's time for Burfict to take a place for Sunday's game against the Bears or longer.