Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bengals S George Iloka suspended 1 game

07 December, 2017, 01:47 | Author: Douglas Reid
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JuJu Smith-Schuster channeled Hines Ward with a huge block that left Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a head injury.

Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary roughness and taunting after a blindside hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory yesterday.

In his letter to Smith-Schuster, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote Smith-Schuster violated rules that prohibit contact with a defenseless player and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Just a day prior, the National Football League had also issued a one-game suspension to Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots tight end, for diving helmet-first into the back of a defender's head while the defender was laying on the ground after the play had ended.

Smith-Schuster then stood over Burfict as he lay motionless.

Since Burfict is one ot the NFL's must suspended and fined players - considered an outlaw everywhere except Cincinnati, the irony of him being flattened by an illegal hit was not lost on fans far and wide.

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"I didn't know it was Burfict at first", the rookie said. I should've never stood over him. Burfict is one of the NFL's villains, an oft-punished player due to dirty hits.

"I didn't think it was warranted", he said. "I can assess a judgment on the fact that he stood over him and that's not how we play and that's not reflective of the sportsman he is".

If he's permitted to play in Week 14, Smith-Schuster will run $6,600 in a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

"The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of "eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game" and has encouraged the League office to suspend offenders for egregious violations such as the one you committed last night", Runyan said in his ruling. "I hope he's OK and I hope he gets better".

Smith-Schuster, at least, will appeal. Smith-Schuster apologized in the locker room after the game, saying, "I was trying to get a big block for Le'Veon Bell for him to get upfield".

Ben Roethlisberger does not think it's fair Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster was punished the same as Rob Gronkowski for their hits over the weekend. Brown was deemed to be a defenseless receiver at the time of the hit.

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