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Sun Devils in the NFL: Burfict loses cool, implodes Bengals playoff run en route to suspension

Your weekly update on how our former Sun Devils are performing in the NFL.

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Your weekly recap of how former Sun Devils are performing in the NFL.

Vontaze Burfict earns costly penalty, suspended three games following spell of aggressive plays

The Bengals linebacker was given a three-game suspension just days following his team's 18-16 loss in the Wild Card round of the AFC Playoff to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His dangerous helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown during the final drive of the game generated plenty of reaction, but more importantly resulted in a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness that helped the Steelers to eventually go on to win the game, eliminating the Bengals from the playoffs.

The league determined Burfict as a repeat offender, as his transgressions included this hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams in Week 17.

Burfict will appeal his suspension.


Name/Position/Number Team Selected Standing This Week's Statistics
Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23 Green Bay Packers Rd 1, Pick 30 Second-team left cornerback 8 tackles (4 solo), 1 PD in 35-18 win vs. Washington
Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11 Houston Texans Rd 3, Pick 70 Third-team wide receiver 1 rec, 17 yd (2 targets) in 30-0 loss vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Jamil Douglas, OG - No. 75 Miami Dolphins Rd 4, Pick 114 Starting right guard N/A
Marcus Hardison, DT - No. 91 Cincinnati Bengals Rd 4, Pick 135 Third-team right defensive tackle inactive in 18-16 loss vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Other Alumni on Active Rosters

Name/Position/No. Team Years at ASU *Standing This Week's Stats
Lawrence Guy, DT - No. 67 Baltimore Ravens 2008-10 Second-team defensive end N/A
Will Sutton, DT - No. 93 Chicago Bears 2009-13 Second-team defensive end N/A
Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 58 Cincinnati Bengals 2009-11 Starting weak-side linebacker 6 tackles (5 solo), 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 pass defended, 2 QB hits, 1 INT in 18-16 loss vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17 Denver Broncos 2009-11 Second-string quarterback N/A
Omar Bolden, DB - No. 31 Denver Broncos 2007-10 (missed 2011) Second-team strong safety; No. 1 KO and punt returner N/A
Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19 Washington 2011-12 Third-team wide receiver; No. 1 KO returner; No. 3 punt returner 1 rec, 2 yd, (1 target) in 35-18 loss vs. Green Bay Packers

*Standing according to depth chart projections on

Alumni Placed on Injured Reserve/PUP List

Baltimore Ravens: Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55 (was at ASU from 2000-02): suffered torn Achilles injury in opening game of the season. Out for year.

Denver BroncosKyle Williams, WR - No. 15 (2006-09)sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon on August 1.

Kansas City ChiefsPaul Fanaika, OG - No. 74 (2004-08)was placed on injured reserve just days before the start of the season.

Washington: Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77 (2005-09): was placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury and is out for the rest of the season.

Cuts, Waives and Others Actions

Defensive tackle Davon Coleman (2011-13) waived by Dallas Cowboys (Sep. 28)