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January 21 2018, 12:24 | Van Peters
SMITH-SCHUSTER AND ILOKA SUSPENDED AFTER FIERY MNF CLASH
Smith-Schuster came under fire for his brutal hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter that was deemed "dangerous and unsportsmanlike" by NFL vice-president of football operations Jon Runyan.
Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, as JuJu Smith-Schuster talked to reporters, and apologized, Brown kept talking about "karma", and said he'd pay any fine his rookie teammate might receive from the National Football League. The hit was illegal - thanks to the "Hines Ward rule" that outlawed those types of blocks delivered up high to unsuspecting defenders - and then Smith-Schuster drew an extra flag for taunting after standing over his target. However, he did eventually walk into the locker room under his own power. He was placed in concussion protocol.
UPDATE: Smith-Schuster's suspension is now official. Neither player was ejected from the game.
Six plays later and the Steelers were able to cap off the drive by scoring a touchdown, tying the game at 20-20. The penalty from that play helped the Steelers kick a game-winning field goal.
"I didn't know it was Burfict at first". The fact that he stood over him. Then afterward he leered over him, taunting him. Also, I believe that that's not me. I should've never stood over him. "I apologize for that and with that being said, I hope he gets better".
"According to Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tomlin commented on the hit Tuesday, saying, "[Smith-Schuster's] actions after the hit are more disturbing than the hit itself.
"Oftentimes, plays like that are teachable moments and when you look at it, you have an opportunity to look at ways that things could be safer and things like that", Tomlin said.