Vontaze Burfict’s 5-game suspension reduced to 3 games after appeal
Vontaze Burfict will miss the first three games of the 2017 season after a five-game suspension handed out in preseason was reduced following an appeal by the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
The suspension was for a hit delivered on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during the second week of the preseason.
“Prior to the start of the regular season, the NFL will review Bryant’s progress. Based on his compliance and engagement with his program and resources, he will be permitted to participate in all regular season activities beginning in Week 1. He will be evaluated later in the season for full reinstatement.”
Bryant, 25, served a year-long suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The first came before the 2015 season when he slapped with a four-game suspension. He tried to appeal it, but the NFL denied it and Bryant spent time in a rehab facility during this suspension.
Following the 2015 season, Bryant violated the policy again, which led to a one-year suspension without pay from the NFL.
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