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Bengals' Vontaze Burfict suspended for first three games of 2016 season

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Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaz Burfict will be suspended for the first three games of the 2016 NFL season after repeated violations of player-safety rules. The NFL announced the ruling late last night, with ESPN claiming that the 25-year-old will appeal the ban in the future. Burfict’s most recent transgression was an unnecessary roughness penalty during Saturday’s playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL vice-president, Merlon Hanks, said Burfict’s actions during a tackle against Antonio Brown ‘placed his opponent at unnecessary risk’. Meanwhile, as a consequence of Burfict’s actions, the wide receiver doesn’t look like he’ll feature for the Steelers against the Denver Broncos. He’s been moved to the league’s concussion protocol, but Ben Roethlisberger should feature this Sunday for Pittsburgh.

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