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NFL Announces Historic Suspension For LB Vontaze Burfict

Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 29: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Oakland Raiders is ejected from the game during game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

The NFL has decided on a punishment for Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for his late, dirty hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle. It's a historic one.

The NFL announced this morning that Burfict will be suspended for the rest of the 2019 season for his hit during Sunday's game. The suspension is without pay.

It's the longest suspension ever for an in-game hit.

"Vontaze Burfict suspended for remainder of 2019 season for violations of unnecessary roughness rules," the NFL announced.

The NFL called Burfict's hit "unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided." Here's the full release:

Burfict was ejected for his hit against the Colts on Sunday afternoon.

Burfict is likely to appeal the NFL's decision.