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Appeals officer Derrick Brooks upheld Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict‘s suspension for the rest of the season Ryan Grant Jersey Stitched , the NFL announced Wednesday. Burfict cannot return to the field until the 2020 season.Burfict signed a one-year deal, so he is scheduled to become a free agent in March.Burfict missed the Raiders’ game against the Bears on Sunday after an illegal hit in a Week Four game against the Colts.Officials ejected Burfict for lowering his head to initiate contact with Colts tight end Jack Doyle while Doyle was on a knee after catching a pass.The Raiders pleaded their case in support of Burfict, with Jon Gruden saying the linebacker had served his punishment.Brooks heard Burfict’s appeal Tuesday and disagreed.It marks the second time Brooks has upheld a Burfict suspension. The Hall of Famer, appointed jointly by the NFL and NFLPA, also didn’t overturn a three-game ban on Burfict for a hit on then-Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in a playoff game in the 2015 postseason. Appeals officer James Thrash reduced Burfict’s five-game suspension in 2016 to three games.The NFL said Burfict’s current 12-game ban was “for repeated violations of unnecessary roughness rules.”“There were no mitigating circumstances on this play,” Jon Runyan, the NFL’s vice president of football operations Youth Matt Slauson Jersey , said in his suspension letter to Burfict. “Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game, following each of your previous rule violations. You were warned by me and each of the jointly appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.” On Tuesday, Andrew Luck missed his seventh consecutive practice. He has practiced only three times, and the Colts don’t seem to have a timetable for his return.While Colts Nation is freaking out Matt Slauson Jersey Stitched , remembering Luck’s absence with a shoulder injury in 2017, the Colts themselves are not.“If I learned anything – and I learned a lot from Tony Dungy, working with him – he literally never flinched,’’ Colts coach Frank Reich said, via Mike Chappell of Indianapolis’ Fox 59. “Even when our best players got hurt, you would look at him and you would think it was just . . . he was never overly concerned.“I just think that’s important.’’While Luck might not see any action in the preseason while working his way back from a calf injury, he and the Colts remain confident he will take his spot in the starting lineup Sept. 8 against the Chargers. “Don’t take this the wrong way Womens Malik Hooker Jersey , but my concern level never kicks in,’’ Reich said. “You can have a genuine care and love for your players, want to do everything you can do to help them get better, but you also understand in this business that when a guy is not ready, it’s just got to be next man up.“And if you really don’t believe that deep down in, then I just think that shows. And for those reasons, I don’t get concerned.’’The Colts return to the practice field Saturday Womens Peyton Manning Jersey , and they will determine Luck’s availability Friday.“Again, we’ll lean [on him], ‘Hey, Andrew, let’s talk this through,’’’ Reich said. “We’ll talk to everybody involved, but ultimately the big piece of the puzzle is Cheap Nate Hairston Youth Jersey , ‘What do you feel? Are you ready to take that next step? And if so, let’s talk about what that would look like and map it out for the next few days.’’Luck has altered his workout/rehab schedule to include upgraded and “more dynamic series of exercises,” Reich said.The goal is to get Luck back on the practice field, but Luck and the Colts still have time.