Vontaze Burfict is facing yet another league-mandated punishment.
Now, and judging by a Friday report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, neither the Bengals nor the Raiders will likely be able to have the services of Burfict for the first four games of the 2018 regular season.
The signing of Brown, the ex-middle linebacker for the Bills, allows Burfict to stay at his preferred spot at WILL and has the coaches excited about teaming the two in the middle of the field.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The shoulder injury kept Burfict out for the rest of the season and occurred three days before his failed drug test on December 27.
One of the NFL's worst illegal-hit offenders has been suspended for a separate infraction.
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No official word has been handed down about a potential appeal date. A four-game suspension would cost more than $1.6 million in game checks.
Separate from those suspensions, Burfict has been fined $303,637 for 11 on-field incidents in his National Football League career, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Burfict isn't a stranger to suspensions, but this is the first time he faces missing games because of PEDs.