Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict lost his appeal for his season-ending suspension on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero confirmed. He is officially out for the remainder of the 2019 season and would not be eligible to return for the postseason, should Oakland make it that far.
Burfict was suspended for the season following a blatant dirty hit on Colts TE Jack Doyle during the Raiders’ Week 4 win.
“Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures,” NFL VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan explained in a letter to Burfict. “However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.”
Burfict’s appeal was heard by former Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks. It was more than just the hit on Doyle that garnered this suspension as he has a lengthy track record of cheap shots on defenseless opponents.
There will be legitimate questions following the season whether or not Burfict will ever play in the NFL again.