After linebacker Vontaze Burfict was sent off last Sunday for a helmet-against-helmet strike against Jack Doyle while Doyle was sitting on a knee after a catch, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden called it one hard decision, and it seemed annoyed that "nobody on the pitch in our stadium or zip code called to eject him."
The call came from the Senior Vice President of the NFL, who officiated at Al Riveron from the League Office, and also made the decision to suspend Burfict for the rest of the regular season. Jon Runyan, the NFL vice president for football operations, called and Gruden said Wednesday from London that he had voiced his complaints about this decision in recent days.
"I'm not going to say anything," said Gruden, about Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. "I talked to Runyan at the league office, he knows how I feel, it hurts our team a lot, and I'm curious about what's on appeal, I'm not happy about that, anyway, and I do not want to say anything else "I'm obviously upset about that."
Burfict had an earlier five-game ban on illegal hits, which had been reduced to three games on appeal, so the Raiders may eventually get him back sometime this season. However, you will not have him against the bears this weekend, and it's clear that Gruden is wrong.