The NFL announced Monday that Burfict has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2016 regular season for repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.
The suspension was imposed by Merton Hanks, NFL vice president of football operations, who ruled that Burfict's action placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.
Agent Audie Attar confirmed that Burfict will appeal the suspension, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. He has up to three days to appeal.
A repeat offender, Burfict left the NFL with little recourse. He had previously been fined four times in 2015 alone for safety-related violations.
His Week 8 tackle on Le'Veon Bell ended the star running back's season. If you're counting at home, Burfict was responsible for knocking Pittsburgh's three best players out of games this season.
Burfict plays like a throwback to the 1950s. The difference is high-definition instant replays and social media weren't around to capture and disseminate dirty tactics when roughnecks like Hardy Brown, Ed Sprinkle and the Black-Hat Brigade were shattering jaws and prematurely ending careers. Those hits won't fly in an era of heightened concern for player safety.