Head coach Jon Gruden has his team playing hard despite the drama, but they will be down a man on the defensive side of the ball, which is something Burfict has repeatedly done to his teams in his career. He was ejected in the second quarter on Sunday when the hit took place. and he will not be paid during this suspension, which does extend in to the postseason, if the Raiders were to make it. Jon Runyan, the Vice President of football operations for the NFL, wrote Burfict a letter to explain their decision.
The league reportedly cited Burfict's repeated violations both on and off the field in his career as to why this suspension was so heavy. The agent of the controversial linebacker has told ESPN that he will appeal the suspension, which is expected to be heard next week. The 29-year-old still claims that the hit on Doyle was just a "football play."
Burfict was named a team captain in his first season with the Raiders, despite his multiple suspensions in the past. He was suspended or fined on 13 separate occasions during his seven seasons with the Bengals. He signed with the Raiders as a free agent this past off-season, which hasn't changed anything about the hard-hitting defensive player. Assuming this holds, this will be the third suspension he has received for an illegal hit, as the other two have combined to total six games.