NFL Announces Suspensions For Steelers, Bengals Players

Both Smith-Schuster and Bengals defensive back George Iloka were suspended for a game Tuesday by the NFL in the wake of an ugly Monday Night Football game, the league announced.

On Monday Night Football, JuJu Smith-Schuster delivered a devastating blow to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and then proceeded to stand over him and taunt him. Sure, it's a violent game, but the rules expressly forbid hits like the one Smith-Schuster laid on Burfict.

"You are suspended for the unsafe and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game". After I seen the replay I think I should've held back a little bit more from blocking him.

Smith-Schuster, at least, will appeal.

Iloka drilled Antonio Brown in the head and neck area after the Steelers wideout reeled in a 6-yard touchdown reception with 3:55 remaining in the contest.

After the game, Smith-Schuster took to social media to apologize. He might have been able to avoid a suspension, but then he stood over Burfict and got a taunting penalty, which was a bad look after Ryan Shazier had left the game on a cart due to an injury in the first quarter.

Runyan said Iloka was suspended for forcibly hitting a defenseless player's neck or head area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder (Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7). Brown was deemed to be a defenseless receiver at the time of the hit.

"The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of 'eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game", Runyan wrote, "and has encouraged the League office to suspend offenders for egregious violations such as the one you committed last night".


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