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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a possible five-game suspension for an illegal hit against Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during a preseason exhibition game, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Bengals wrote in a statement that they would support Burfict in his appeal of the suspension.

“The Bengals are aware of the NFL’s letter to Vontaze regarding a play in last weekend’s game,” the team said. “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.”

Burfict served a three-game suspension to start last season after he was found to be a repeat violator of the league’s safety-related playing rules after he made a hit to the head of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
The hit on Brown could have been much worse as Burfict pulled up and grazed Brown with his shoulder, here is the hit.
                                                                                                                                  While the hit on the Chiefs Receiver was questionable does it really warrant a five game suspension? If the NFL is so worried about the safety of the players maybe they should quit glorifying big hits on their shows and videos that they sell?  For that matter if they are worried about the players maybe they should take some of the Billions they have made in revenue and give more to the retired players that they have a tendency to turn there back on?
Something does need to be done to reign in Burfict and the problem lies at the feet of Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis who allows the Bengals to play without absolutely any discipline whatsoever. With that being said Burfict is not a choir boy and you don’t win football games with choir boys.