2 suspensions for dirty hits in Bengals-Steelers game

2 suspensions for dirty hits in Bengals-Steelers game

Steelers wide receiver Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety Iloka have been banned for "violations of safety-related playing rules" during Pittsburgh's 23-20 comeback win in Cincinnati.

Smith-Schuster leveled Burfict as the latter pursued Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on a 12-yard gain with 7:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Given that Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier left the stadium in the same manner on a scary injury earlier in the game when he was attempting a tackle, it seemed even more tasteless for Smith-Schuster stand over Burfict and taunt him. "You do the wrong things, you get the wrong things out of it". "We want to play within the rules; we respect player safety", said Tomlin.

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Smith-Schuster has quickly become a fan favorite as a rookie with the AFC North-leading Steelers, but he will be absent for a division showdown with the second-place Ravens this coming weekend. Brown held on for the tying touchdown and neither player was ejected. Iloka was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. The receiver earned another penalty for taunting after standing over the defender. Love you 50, Get better soon! There's a thin line between a legal and illegal hit, but Smith-Schuster straddled it just enough to be get a suspension.

Both players can return to their team's active rosters on December 11. If they lose their appeal, they will sit out next week's game. The contest drew criticism, but Tomlin said Tuesday he's "not going to react to comments and opinions from others". "My job as head coach here is to minimize those things before they occur. We have a responsibility to make this game as safe as it could be possibly be". "But that being said, we still have room to grow". Asked if any plays from the Bengals bothered him, he said he was focused on "the nature in which [his players] perform" and trusts Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis to do the same.

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