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NFL: Cincinnati Bengals suspends Vontaze Burfict for violating drug policy

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Reuters 06 Aug 2018, 09:09 PM United States

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict passed his physical and was cleared to practice on Monday, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old began training camp on the non-football injury list with a hamstring issue. He had been doing some conditioning work on an adjacent field since camp opened.

Still, Burfict will miss the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. He failed a drug test on Dec. 27.

He will miss the opener at Indianapolis, the home opener vs. division rival Baltimore, and two road games at Carolina and Atlanta.

Burfict will be eligible to play in Week 5 when the Bengals host the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 7.

Burfict, who has 381 tackles, 8.5 sacks and five interceptions in his six seasons with Cincinnati, is eligible to play in the preseason, but the Bengals haven't decided if they will play him yet.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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