NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that such a suspension (which would occur in the first four games of next season) would void his three-year, $33 million contract and allow the Bengals to walk away scot-free.
As part of his appeal, Burfict will apparently argue the failed test on December 27 popped up as a result of a prescription assigned to him while he dealt with concussion and shoulder injuries, the former coming from a hit laid on him by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Vontaze Burfict, one of the most-controversial players in the National Football League, is once again making headlines for something that isn't good.
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He has been a polarizing figure during his previous six seasons with the Bengals, highly productive with his play but repeatedly being disciplined for his transgressions.
But Burfict might miss the first four games. For all we know, the Bengals might just decide to part ways with Burfict in the coming weeks as you have to think they might be exhausted of him missing games every season at his own doing.
It appears Vontaze Burfict finds himself in familiar territory. After an illegal hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during a preseason game, Burfict was suspended for five games. He was also suspended three games in 2016 for multiple violations of the league's player-safety rules.