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Oakland Raiders player Vontaze Burfict is suspended for rest of the season as linebacker receives the MOST SEVERE PUNISHMENT IN NFL HISTORY for an on-field infraction Oakland 's Vontaze Burfict was banned after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Sunday  Illegal hit to Indianapolis Colts tightend Jack Doyle was in second quarter of win The linebacker has previously been banned twice for violating safety rules   Burfict will miss 12 regular season games and any potential play-off matches  

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press

Published: 00:53 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 00:53 BST, 1 October 2019

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Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended on Monday for the rest of the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle that is the most severe punishment in NFL history for an on-field infraction.

Burfict will miss the final 12 games of the season and any playoff games for 'repeated violations of unnecessary roughness rules.' He has been suspended three times in his career for hits violating the league's player safety rules.

Burfict has the right under the collective bargaining agreement to appeal the punishment in the next three days - he had one of his previous suspensions reduced from five games to three games on an appeal in 2017.

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Vontaze Burfict (L, white shirt) approaches Jack Doyle (C, blue shirt) at high speed

Vontaze Burfict (L, white shirt) approaches Jack Doyle (C, blue shirt) at high speed 

Burfict smashes into Doyle's helmet with his own helmet as the tightend catches the football

Burfict smashes into Doyle's helmet with his own helmet as the tightend catches the football

Doyle falls to the ground after the collision while Burfict dives forward beyond him

Doyle falls to the ground after the collision while Burfict dives forward beyond him 

It's that history that led to the most severe punishment the NFL has handed out when it comes to player safety, topping the five games Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth got in 2006 for kicking and stomping on Cowboys center Andre Gurode's face, leading to 30 stitches.

Burfict had served two three-game suspensions already in his career and had been warned about severe punishment for future infractions. 

The suspension is without pay, costing Burfict more than $1.1 million in salary and per game active roster bonuses.

Burfict was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the Raiders' game against the Colts on Sunday after a blow to Doyle's head early in the second quarter.

NFL VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS JON RUNYAN'S LETTER TO BURFICT 

'There were no mitigating circumstances on this play. Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized

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