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Vontaze Burfict is blaming his suspension on JuJu Smith-Schuster

18 March 2018

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the embattled Cincy linebacker is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Now, Burfict apparently is blaming a four-game suspension he received last week from the National Football League for testing positive for a banned substance on (who else?) the Steelers.

The Cincinnati Bengals could be opening the season without Burfict for the fourth straight year.

The 27-year-old linebacker also used prescribed medications after sustaining a Grade 3 shoulder AC sprain versus the Detroit Lions on December 24, according to ESPN.

This would be the third suspension for Burfict.

His base salary of $3.58 million is paid in 17 installments of $221,118.

The Bengals, who signed Burfict to a three-year, $38.68 million deal before last season, may now be looking at more time lost for their troublesome linebacker. The suspension was reduced to three games at the beginning of the season. Basically, his behaviour on and off the field is costing him a whole lot of money. None more high profile than his hit to the head of Antonio Brown late in the fourth quarter of the Bengals 2016 Wild Card game loss to the Steelers.

Burfict's previous punishments were the result of illegal hits and on-the-field shenanigans over the past two seasons.

The "energetic" defender has been forced to pay out of pocket for multiple hits on defenseless players, flipping the middle finger to fans, ankle twisting, spearing and striking a player in groin.

Vontaze Burfict is blaming his suspension on JuJu Smith-Schuster