The season-long suspension of Raiders starting middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict was upheld Wednesday, ending Burfict’s first season with the team. Burfict was suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle on Sept. 29. He was penalized on the play and ejected from the game. Burfict immediately appealed the suspension, and his
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."