Ex-ASU star Burfict suspended after illegal hit

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 19:53:02-05

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has been suspended for the first three games of the 2016 NFL season, the NFL announced Monday.

Burfict, who starred at ASU from 2009-11, was suspended following his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the final minute of Saturday's playoff game in Cincinnati. The hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty and helped set up a game-winning Pittsburgh field goal.

Burfict was a five-star recruit out of Corona, California. He was the Pac-10 Defensive MVP in 2010.

Burfict went undrafted but was a Pro Bowl selection with the Bengals in 2013.