JuJu Smith-Schuster blindsides Vontaze Burfict with vicious block


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.

With 7:10 remaining in Pittsburgh's eventual 23-20 victory over the Bengals, Smith-Schuster leveled Burfict as the linebacker pursued Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on a 12-yard gain.

Burfict, who did not return, was tended to outside the locker room before the Bengals' medical personnel - at the behest of Burfict - removed the straps on the backboard.

Seeing an opportunity to take a free shot at Burfict, Smith-Schuster stuck his helmet into Burfict's jaw on a block.

Smith-Schuster added extra attention to the play by standing over an injured Burfict, who has a history of concussions as well as risky hits and actions that have drawn the ire of the league office. "We want to play within the rules; we respect player safety", said Tomlin. The block itself was bad, but at least he was trying to help his team by taking out Burfict, though there's no question at all that hitting Burfict that high and that hard was completely unnecessary. "Your conduct following the hit fell fair below the high standards of sportsmanship expected from an National Football League player".

"Obviously, we don't like the taunting, standing over him, things like that", he said.

"George Iloka have each been suspended 1 game for violations of safety-related playing rules", wrote NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora.

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Smith-Schuster will miss the Steelers' home game against Baltimore on Sunday night.

Official word from on a suspension for Smith-Schuster should come sometime later on Tuesday. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting.

Antonio Brown called the hit karma.

Ioka was suspended for a hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the end zone in the fourth quarter when Brown was deemed to be a defenseless receiver.

"I didn't think it was warranted", Roethlisberger said.

"I'll acknowledge there were some unfortunate things in that game that we don't need in our game, by both sides", Tomlin said.