Vontaze Burfict Carted off After Hit by JuJu Smith-Schuster

SMITH-SCHUSTER AND ILOKA SUSPENDED AFTER FIERY MNF CLASH

Ben Roethlisberger defends JuJu Smith-Schuster for hit

"I didn't think it was warranted, I thought maybe a fine", Roethlisberger said of Smith-Schuster's discipline.

In an emotionally charged post-practice locker room, Ramon Foster took a verbal shot at the NFL's vice president of football operations, and Mike Mitchell and Maurkice Pouncey railed against the league's disciplinary standards.

The early severe back injury to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier cast a cloud over the rest of the game Monday night, but with 239 yards in penalties between the two teams there was plenty of physical play to go around.

Smith-Schuster was suspended for Monday night's vicious fourth-quarter block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who was in a defenseless posture, according to the NFL's ruling.

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".

Smith-Schuster has come under fire for the incident. Pic Getty  ESPN
Smith-Schuster has come under fire for the incident. Pic Getty ESPN

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

Smith-Schuster added extra attention to the play by standing over an injured Burfict, who has a history of concussions as well as risky hits and actions that have drawn the ire of the league office.

Runyan shared similar sentiments in issuing Iloka's suspension. He knew the receiver was trying to catch the ball. They felt that pressure. "You do the wrong things, you get the wrong things out of it".

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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. The receiver missed most of camp while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and appeared in only three games.


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