JuJu Smith-Schuster, George Iloka suspended 1 game

Tricia Pearson
December 7, 2017

It was definitely a questionable play since Burfict took a shot to the head and neck area, and after the game, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green criticized Smith-Schuster and said it was a "dirty hit".

In the fourth quarter of the Steelers 23-20 victory over Cincinnati on Monday, Smith-Schuster leveled Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a blindside block.

It's worth noting that Smith-Schuster did apologize after the game - before he was suspended - specifically for standing over Burfict.

As Smith-Schuster talked about his block on Burfict after the game, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said in Smith-Schuster's direction, "Don't even trip, I got straight cash on it. KARMA". It wasn't away from the ball, wasn't a hit on a kicker, a defenseless player, it was a guy getting ready to make a tackle, a much bigger football player.

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The rookie apologized for his actions after the game, saying according to ESPN: "I didn't know it was Burfict at first".

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By a kid who just got his driver's license, is barely old enough to drink, but has already cemented a legacy in Steelers history by simply punching the bully in the mouth; or more accurately, blocking him in to next week.

"Obviously, we don't like the taunting, standing over him, things like that", he said.

However, that doesn't justify what Smith-Schuster did on Monday night. The NFL said that hit showed clear intent to injure and took place after the play had ended.

In a letter to Smith-Schuster, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote: "You are suspended for the unsafe and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game". Smith-Schuster wasn't ejected for his hit on Burfict, but just as we saw earlier this week with Rob Gronkowski, a suspension wouldn't be out of the realm of possibilities. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting.

"I'll acknowledge there were some unfortunate things in that game that we don't need in our game, by both sides", Tomlin said.

Antonio Brown called the hit karma.

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