This hit got Vontaze Burfict a 5-game suspension. He’s now appealing. Happened in week 2 of preseasonpic.twitter.com/AVNwyhJBJf
— The Sports Lab (@_TheSportsLab_) August 28, 2017
(SBN Sports) – Embattled linebacker Vontaze Burfict of the Cincinnati Bengals is up against a 5-game suspension by the NFL following what was called an illegal hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman.
Burfict spoke with Bengals.com and said, “We feel like this was a legal hit. I hit him in the shoulder. I hit hard, so it may have looked like I hit him in the head, but it was the shoulder.”
The Bengals released a statement claiming Burfict delivered a clean hit:
The Bengals are aware of the NFL’s letter to Vontaze regarding a play in last weekend’s game. The film shows that the hit was legal, that Vontaze engaged his opponent from the front, and that contact was shoulder-to-chest. The Club will support Vontaze in the appeal process.