JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka both suspended for one game

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka both suspended for one game

JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka both suspended for one game

On their next drive, they kicked a game-winning field goal to win 23-20 on the night against their AFC North rivals.

Just a day prior, the National Football League had also issued a one-game suspension to Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots tight end, for diving helmet-first into the back of a defender's head while the defender was laying on the ground after the play had ended. However, he did eventually walk into the locker room under his own power.

"I'll acknowledge that there were some unfortunate situations in that game that we don't need in our game", Tomlin said. He is a better sportsman than he displayed after the block and you got to acknowledge that.

"Obviously, we don't like the taunting, standing over him, things like that", he said. "I'm sure he's sorry for that".

"I didn't know it was Burfict at first".

"I like that. I like that", Brown said.

"And me just playing ball, I hit him".

"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. Also, I believe that that's not me. The fact that he stood over him.

Smith-Schuster also apologized on Twitter.

However, that doesn't justify what Smith-Schuster did on Monday night.

Ben Roethlisberger does not think it's fair Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster was punished the same as Rob Gronkowski for their hits over the weekend.

In an ESPN The Magazine feature published Monday, Burfict said he thinks Brown "faked that".

In his letter to Iloka notifying him of the suspension, Runyan stated that Iloka violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits forcibly hitting a defenseless player's head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder.

Let's be clear: Vontaze Burfict is a bad person.

Until the health of Ryan Shazier is made clear (and as of Monday morning, he was reportedly regaining feeling in his lower extremities), and until the National Football League stops celebrating violence out of one side of its mouth while talking up "player safety" out of its more disingenuous end, let's take solace and try to feel good about something coming out of last night's game.