The most major non-playoff news to come out of the NFL recently is that Cincinnati Bengals' Vontaze Burfict has been suspended for the first three games of the 2016 regular season.
The linebacker was suspended on Monday for "repeated violations of safety-related playing rules" after his hit on Antonio Brown during his team's 18-16 loss in the wild-card round last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, resulting in an unnecessary roughness penalty on the player. The hit left the Steelers wide receiver with a concussion.
Cornerback Adam Jones was also penalized during the same game for a confrontation with Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter not long after Burfict's foul. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stuck up for both players.
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He said, according to NFL.com: "Both players couldn't be more heartbroken, literally to tears, both of them, about what went on. That's the first step, you know what I mean? To realize, 'You know what? I'm wrong. And it's unfortunate.'"
Lewis also said that Burfict's hit on Brown didn't go too far, as the linebacker looks to appeal his suspension. He said: "It didn't go over the edge. Unfortunately, he can't have that kind of blow with a guy that's receiving a pass. It didn't go over the edge.
"I don't think it's over the line, I think it's part of what football is now. And you have to learn to play within the scope of what football is right now."
Lewis can try and defend Burfict actions as much as he wants, but the linebacker has been fined several times in the past for bad hits, and it appears the message isn't getting across, so it's time to give him a punishment that hits home.
And if a player suffers from a concussion from a clash as well, I would definitely say the hit was over the edge.
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