Vontaze Burfict’s brutal headshot to Jack Doyle wasn’t his only illegal hit from last week.
According to NFL.com, the league found a second helmet-to-helmet hit by Burfict from the Raiders’ game against the Colts. Burfict reportedly hit running back Nyheim Hines in the head before his hit on Doyle, the blow which led the NFL to suspend Burfict for the rest of the season — 12 regular season games and all potential playoff games.
NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan said Burfict’s “extensive history of rules violations” was a factor in the length of the suspension.
With the second illegal hit likely to hurt Burfict’s appeal case, Burfict’s agent Lamont Smith raised doubts about the league’s intentions.
“Hmmmm… I wonder how many other players they’ve done that for in the last two or three years,” Smith told NFL.com.
Burfict, who returned from London during the week after the team traveled to face the Bears, will have his suspension appeal Tuesday at 2 p.m. He’ll argue he was trying to make a football play with no intent to injure. Then-Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was suspended five games in 2006 for stomping on Andre Gurode’s head. That was the longest suspension for an on-field act before Burfict’s season-ending ban.
“It’s different when someone is trying to make a football play, not a deliberate act where someone is trying to hurt an opponent,” Smith told NFL.com. “Haynesworth was trying to hurt someone and he got five games.”