Smith-Schuster, Iloka suspended one game each

Lynette Rowe
December 6, 2017

JuJu Smith-Schuster deserved to get tossed from Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals for his vicious, dirty hit on Vontaze Burfict (watch here). The rookie wideout then stood over Burfict, with Smith-Schuster later admitting that he "messed up" by taunting the fallen linebacker since it cost his team 15 yards.

This rivalry reached new levels on Monday night, with serious injuries and now two suspensions. "Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player". Brown held on for the tying touchdown and neither player was ejected. We would expect a one-game ban to be handed down on Tuesday.

The suspensions bring the total to three from on-field actions in Week 13.

Now it looks like he'll be slapped with the same one-game ban that the National Football League hit Rob Gronkowski with on Monday for his dirty hit on Tre'Davious White. Often times plays like that are teachable moments. He's a better sportsman than he displayed after the block. He's got to work hard so people understand the type of man he is from a sportsmanship standpoint and that's not something that's going to happen overnight.

It has been reported that Smith-Schuster will appeal the decision.

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Brown kept talking about "karma", and said he'd pay any fine incurred by Smith-Schuster. I shouldn't have done that.

He also apologized in a postgame tweet.

The Steelers will now prepare to play against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14, while the Bengals will get ready for their game against the Chicago Bears.

When asked if his comments were related to Burfict, Brown said, "I ain't talking about nobody. We want to play within the rules; we respect player safety", said Tomlin. "My job as head coach here is to minimize those things before they occur".

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