Bur­fict’s sea­son ends with a ban

League sus­pends mul­ti­ple of­fender for an un­safe hit

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Raiders line­backer Von­taze Bur­fict was sus­pended Mon­day for the rest of the sea­son for a hel­met-to-hel­met hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle.

It’s the most se­vere pun­ish­ment in league his­tory for an on-field in­frac­tion.

Bur­fict will miss the fi­nal 12 games and any play­off games for “re­peated vi­o­la­tions of un­nec­es­sary rough­ness rules.”

He has been sus­pended three times in his ca­reer for hits vi­o­lat­ing the player safety rules.

Bur­fict can ap­peal the pun­ish­ment in the next three days.

It’s that his­tory that led to the harsh­est player-safety pun­ish­ment, top­ping five games the Ti­tans’ Al­bert Hayneswort­h got in 2006 for kick­ing and stomp­ing on Cow­boys cen­ter An­dre Gurode’s face.

Bron­cos lose Chubb: The win­less Bron­cos suf­fered the worst loss so far when de­fen­sive end Bradley Chubb tore his left ACL. He will need sea­son-end­ing surgery.

The fifth over­all pick in the 2018 draft, Chubb was in­jured in the Bron­cos’ 26-24 loss to the Jaguars on Sun­day, al­though he fin­ished the game.

“It’s a huge loss,” Bron­cos coach Vic Fan­gio said.

Tru­bisky up­date: QB Mitch Tru­bisky suf­fered a dis­lo­cated left shoul­der and slightly torn labrum early in the Bears’ 16-6 win over the Vik­ings, ESPN re­ported.

Tru­bisky likely won’t play against the Raiders this week­end in Lon­don, but he doesn’t need surgery.

The Bears are off the week af­ter, leav­ing the pos­si­bil­ity for a rel­a­tively quick re­turn for Tru­bisky.

Vet­eran backup Chase Daniel took over against the Vik­ings and will start in Tru­bisky’s place.

Darnold wants to play: Sam Darnold has been cleared for non-con­tact work, but it’s un­clear when and if the Jets QB will be given the green light to play Sun­day against the Ea­gles.

Darnold is re­cov­er­ing from a bout of mononu­cle­o­sis. He believes he can play right now. But there are ob­vi­ous risks, par­tic­u­larly his en­larged spleen.

Coach Adam Gase said Darnold is “press­ing to play,” but the de­ci­sion would be made by teams doc­tors and management.

Darnold has missed the last two games. The Jets were off last week.

Ex­tra points: Bears coach Matt Nagy said the sta­tus of LB Ro­quan Smith re­mains up in the air af­ter he was a late scratch from the team’s win over the Vik­ings. Nagy said Smith is out be­cause for “per­sonal rea­sons,” but wouldn’t give specifics . ... Pro Bowl LT Ty­ron Smith is week to week af­ter suf­fer­ing a high an­kle right sprain dur­ing the Cow­boys’ loss to the Saints . ... The Ea­gles ac­quired LB Duke Riley, 25, and a 2020 sixth-round pick from the Fal­cons for S Johnathan Cy­prien, 29, and a sev­enth-round pick.


Raiders vet­eran line­backer Von­taze Bur­fict was ejected from Sun­day’s 31-24 win over the Colts for an il­le­gal hit.

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