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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka were suspended one game for their hits at the Steelers & # 39; 23-20 win on Monday night.
Smith-Schuster matched Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in a blind side block in the fourth quarter and then stood on it to celebrate. Burfict had to be transported and placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Smith-Schuster was penalized for beatings and taunts.
"I apologize for being on him, that's not me," said Smith-Schuster. "I'm better than that, it's very unsportsmanlike behavior and I hope you feel better and better."
In a letter explaining the decision, NFL football operations vice president Jon Runyan wrote: "The contact you made with your opponent placed the opposing player at risk of His behavior after the blow fell well below the high standards of sportsmanship expected from an NFL player. "
Iloka hit the Steelers' wide receiver on Antonio Brown in the fourth quarter. Brown held Ben Roethlisberger's touchdown pass on the play, tying the game to 20.
Runyan wrote: "You violently hit a helpless receiver in the head and neck area." The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of "eliminating flagrant successes that have no place in our game" and has encouraged the League office to suspend offenders for flagrant infractions such as the one committed last night. "
Smith -Sch uster will miss Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, while Iloka will miss a game at home against the Chicago Bears.
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