JuJu Smith-Schuster, George Iloka Receive One-Game Suspensions


Screenshot via ESPN/Monday Night Football

Following a violent Monday Night Football clash between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, two players — wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and safety George Iloka — have been suspended one game a piece for violations of safety-related playing rules.

Smith-Schuster received his suspension for a peel black block and taunting of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Burfict was taken off of the field on a stretcher following the hit.

Iloka, meanwhile, delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow of his own to Steelers star Antonio Brown during a fourth-quarter touchdown catch.

Both players received 15-yard penalties for their hits during the game, with Smith-Schuster also drawing a taunting foul.

The entire league memo can be seen below.

Smith-Schuster issued the following apology on Twitter after the game:

 “I don’t have any intentions to hurt anyone when I play football. I didn’t mean to hurt [Vontaze] Burfict, I just wanted to throw a block for my teammate. I apologize for standing over him and that isn’t me. Praying he gets better.”

The Steelers came away from Paul Brown Stadium with a 23-20 win.

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