Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been given a five-game suspension by the NFL for an illegal hit against Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during a preseason game.
In the video below you can see Burfict deliver a crushing blow to Sherman who was nowhere near where the pass was thrown.
Burfict laid a cheap shot on this seam throw. Look at the right-hand corner. pic.twitter.com/VCjPQQgCoJ
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) August 20, 2017
According to Schefter the hit violated the NFL’s new rule on hitting a running back in a defenseless position.
Burfict, who is a repeat offender and was suspended for three games back in 2016, will be appealing the decision.
Bengals’ LB Vontaze Burfict is appealing his five-game suspension, per sources. Hearing will be next week.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2017