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Ex-ASU star Burfict suspended after illegal hit

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jan 11, 2016

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.