Vontaze Burfict suspended for four games

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis talks with outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) after Burfict was ejected for making contact with an official in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) - Vontaze Burfict has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season.

The NFL says the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker is suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

It was reported that a suspension was likely about a month ago.

Burfict is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Burfict was suspended for the first five games of the 2017 regular season due to a hit he made on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman in the second preseason game. After the suspension was appealed it was reduced to three games.

Despite that issue, on Sept. 7, 2017 the Bengals signed Burfict to a three-year extension worth $32.5 million with a $3.3 million signing bonus.

He missed the first three games of the 2016 regular season due to repeated violations of player safety rules.

Because of that and various injuries, he has been limited to 36 games in the last four seasons combined.

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