CINCINNATI (AP) – Safety Bengals George Iloka had his suspension from a game overturned on Wednesday, leaving him with a fine of $ 36,464.50 for his hit to Antonio. Brown's head.
Iloka and Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster each received a suspension from an NFL game after Pittsburgh's 23-20 penalty win at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday night. Iloka hit Brown in the head while trying to break his touchdown catch.
Smith-Schuster was suspended for leveling linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a hit on the face and then making fun of him by standing on him.
Smith-Schuster has apologized for the ridicule. He will sit when the leading AFC North Steelers (10-2) host Baltimore (7-5) in second place on Sunday night.
The evil that has intensified in the Steelers-Bengals rivalry lasted Monday night. There were four punishments for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for ridicule, one for mistreating the passer-by and two 15-yard penalties for grabbing the mask.
Coach Marvin Lewis said that he and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin – who are on the league's competition committee, have approached him with their teams.
"We do not want any of that," Lewis said Wednesday. "I do not think any of the parties wants to have any of that, the unnecessary oversight that occurred at the beginning of the game, we do not want a player to be hit with an illegal hit and then it's over."
"So I do not think anyone want that, coach Tomlin or me or the clubs. Then we understand it and I think we both clarify it to the players. So that's not the look we want in the National Football League. "
Tomlin met with reporters in Pittsburgh on Tuesday and said:" I recognize that there were some unfortunate things in that game that we do not need in our game – both sides. "
Burfict has been at the center of evil, his blow to Brown's head during a tie-break at Paul Brown Stadium in the 2015 season put the Steelers in the range for a field goal Winning and attracting three-game suspension of the league.
When the Bengals played in Pittsburgh on October 22, Burfict went out to throw the coins and refused to shake the hands of the Steelers.He kicked the runner Roosevelt Nix during the game, drawing $ 12,154 It's fine from the league He and Steelers runner Le & # 39; Veon Bell have continued the dispute on Twitter.
On the sixth play of the game on Monday night, Bell and Burfict They did that. I walk the Burfict mask and push it to the ground, taking out a penalty.
Smith-Sch The uster hit at Burfict left the linebacker with a concussion, and he was sent off the field. Burfict is in the concussion protocol and the practice was lost on Wednesday.
The Bengals were surprised that Iloka was initially suspended.
"What JuJu did was definitely on the line," defensive end Carlos Dunlap said Wednesday. "What George did, I feel like I was making a play, I knew the receiver was trying to catch the ball, I do not think he pointed to where he ended up hitting him.
" He was suspended for what was happening and probably because of how the media portrayed the game. They felt that pressure. It should have been (only) a fine, and the other guy should have a suspension. "
Field marshal Andy Dalton agreed that things got out of control.
" You want to protect men so much as you can, "he said." You can not have anything after the play. You can not let that happen. "
The Bengals (5-7) host the Bears (3-9) on Sunday.
The draft coach, John Ross, went to The injured reserve on Wednesday with a The receiver missed most of the camp when he was recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and appeared in just three games, he had a carry that ended in a loose ball and he did not catch a pass. Defensive tackle Josh Tupou was promoted from the practice team.
ALSO IN THE PROTOCOL
Runner Joe Mixon and starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also stayed out of practice on Wednesday with concussions suffered during the loss to Pittsburgh.
In addition to sitting Kirkpatrick, starting cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was hurt by a groin injury suffered in the opening series, and cornerback Darqueze Dennard was also left behind. out for a knee injury, linebacker Nick Vigil (ankle) and deep Shawn Williams (femoral biceps) and Brandon Wilson (ankle) were also carried out or ut.
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