The Oakland Raiders found themselves in the news early during the Week 5 NFL action, but it wasn’t for Vontaze Burfict’s suspension or (at the time) their solid on-field play.
As the Raiders played the Chicago Bears in London in Week 5, Richie Incognito may have left himself in a bit of trouble after delivering a cheap shot on Bears defender Buster Skrine. The veteran offensive lineman drove Skrine’s face to the ground with his hand following the play.
It not only gave the Raiders a penalty for unnecessary roughness, but it cost them a field goal potentially as well.
Here’s a look at the play by Incognito, courtesy of Barstool Sports.
Incognito has had his share of trouble with the NFL. He recently returned from a two-game suspension due to an incident at a funeral home last year where he was arrested for disorderly conduct. Prior to that, Incognito was involved in a major bullying scandal as a member of the Miami Dolphins and was suspended for the 2013 season after news leaked regarding the situation.
The Raiders had hoped to move on from Burfict’s illegal hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, but with this latest incident from Incognito, the team can probably expect to hear from the league office as soon as Monday regarding the veteran guard.
Vontaze Burfict Delivered Another Dirty Hit Versus Colts
While Burfict is surely hoping the NFL will lift his season-long suspension following the appeal this Tuesday, this other infraction won’t exactly help his cause.
As Adam Schefter of ESPN documented, Burfict delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Colts’ Nyheim Hine away from the play with 13:24 remaining in the second quarter. This obviously preceded the play in which Burfict delivered an illegal hit to Doyle, which got him promptly ejected from the game.
When you factor in that Burfict was caught punching a Minnesota Vikings player in Week 3 and the fact that he had been suspended for 10 prior games during his career, the veteran linebacker faces an uphill battle the efforts to get his suspension lifted by the league.
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Raiders Rule Out Top Receivers in Week 5
In lighter news, the Raiders made a predictable decision in deciding to declare top receivers Tyrell Williams and J.J. Nelson as inactive for their Week 5 matchup against the Bears. Williams had dealt with a foot injury all week while Nelson was slowed down due to an ankle injury.
Despite missing two of their top receivers — and Incognito’s stupid play — the Raiders are up 17-0 over the Bears at halftime. Oakland isn’t doing much in the passing department, but they do have touchdown runs each from Josh Jacobs and Andre Washington.
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