It's officially official.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is viewed by many as one of the dirtiest players in the league; but usually that's for his antics out on the field, not for what he's putting into his body in the offseason.
Now, it looks like it can be both. According to reports, the NFL is officially suspending Burfict four games for a violation of the PED policy.
Bengals’ LB Vontaze Burfict officially suspended four games for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2018
The suspension was originally announced back in March, but it was expected that Burfict would work to appeal the suspension and either get it reversed or reduced.
However, that clearly did not work out, and now Burfict will be suspended to start the 2018 season. He will be able to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games though.
Statement from NFL spokesperson regarding Vontaze Burfict just sent by Bengals. Confirms his 4-game suspension. pic.twitter.com/kZ4SRb3cYj— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) April 12, 2018
The Bengals already confirmed that they'll be holding on to him despite the suspension, which means we'll likely see Burfict take the field for Cincy in Week 5.