During the Steelers' come-from-behind win over the Bengals on Monday night, Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster decked Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a high block that concussed Burfict and ended his night. "The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of "eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game" and has encouraged the League office to suspend offenders for egregious violations such as the one you committed last night".
It has been reported that Smith-Schuster will appeal the decision. He went right for Burfict's head, launching at an upward angle as the linebacker was in a defenseless position. We don't want to have a player hit with an illegal hit and then stood over.
There is no place in the National Football League for acts like this.
Smith-Schuster will likely be fined, or possibly even suspended for his actions, and it's clear to see why from the video of the play further down in this article. Burfict then jumped to his feet and walked into the locker room under his own power.
"The guy just left his feet and hit me in the head".
"He shouldn't have stood over him", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski are both suspended for this week's games, but both will be back next week when their teams play each other.
Smith-Schuster's appeal was heard by James Thrash. But, you know, I thought what happened - the play that happened - happened in the context of a football play.
Brown said he would pay Smith-Schuster's fine.? "I hope he's OK and I hope he gets better". "That's just the reality of plays like that". "I was trying to get a big block for Le'Veon Bell for him to get upfield", Smith-Schuster said.
Running back Joe Mixon and starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also were held out of practice Wednesday with concussions sustained during the loss to Pittsburgh.