Steelers' Smith-Schuster, Bengals' Iloka each banned one game

JuJu Smith Schuster Annihilated Vontaze Burfict On A Crackback Block

Burfict was carted off the field and immediately ruled out of the game.

Brown and Burfict have history between them as the latter left the former with a concussion after drilling him in the head during a playoff game following the 2015 regular season.

But if the National Football League goes soft - as they did with Rob Gronkowski's horrific hit against Buffalo's rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White, the Bengals might not have any problem playing that way in Minnesota. "Specifically, with 7:10 remaining, on a passing play to a running back, you lined up a defender and delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside shot to his head and neck area", Runyan wrote. "Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player".

"He shouldn't have stood over him", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. He is a better sportsman than he displayed after the block and you got to acknowledge that. And that's not going to happen overnight. I was trying to get a big block for Le'Veon Bell for him to get upfield. 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. Also, I believe that that's not me. "You then "celebrated" the play by standing over him and taunting him. I apologize for that and with that being said, I hope he gets better". Brown held on for the tying touchdown and neither player was ejected. Tomlin said Tuesday that Brown was OK "to his knowledge" and called the sequence a "bang-bang play". We would expect a one-game ban to be handed down on Tuesday.

Both players can return to their team's active rosters on December 11. On defense, safety Andrew Sendejo missed one game due to injury (another suspension) and defensive end Everson Griffen sat out against Washington with a foot issue. The Bengals racked up 13 penalties for 173 yards. I think the game is safer than it's been. But they do. We'll work hard to make sure they don't happen again. "But that being said, we still have room to grow".



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