Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict facing four-game suspension for PED violation


According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Burfict is facing a four-game suspension stemming from a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has hit the headlines again for all the wrong reasons. "No appeal date yet", reports Schefter.

Burfict has built up quite the rap sheet since he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2012, incurring fines and suspensions from the league on 12 different occasions in his six seasons as a pro.

Burfict was also suspended the first three games of the 2016 season for numerous violations of player safety rules, including an illegal hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown during the 2015 playoffs. Until that's released, we'll have to wait and see if Burfict stands to miss the Bengals first of two games against the Steelers. Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the 2016-17 season for repeatedly violating player safety rules, including a unsafe hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown during a wild-card game.

Now, Burfict apparently is blaming a four-game suspension he received last week from the National Football League for testing positive for a banned substance on (who else?) the Steelers.

Burfict initially was suspended five games to begin the regular season previous year after delivering a hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during a preseason contest.

Burfict also had language in his contract that would pay him $140,625 for every game in 2018 that he was on the active 46-man roster.