JuJu Smith-Schuster, who scored a touchdown against the Ravens and had 47 yards receiving in the Steelers' 26-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium on October 1, has been suspended for one game by the National Football League for a violation of safety-related playing rules.
On Monday Night Football, JuJu Smith-Schuster delivered a devastating blow to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and then proceeded to stand over him and taunt him. "We want to play within the rules; we respect player safety", said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin after the game. He apologized to Burfict on Twitter after the game. Mitchell also spoke on that and praised Iloka, while informing Steelers fans not to attack him. Also, I believe that that's not me. If they lose their appeal, they will sit out next week's game. After I seen the replay I think I should've held back a little bit more from blocking him. "I hope he's OK and I hope he gets better".
The brutal hit came after Pittsburgh's Ryan Shazier and Cincinnati's Joe Mixon already had exited the game with head and neck injuries in what was an uncomfortably violent game. If he's sidelined Sunday against the Ravens, Antonio Brown (toe) would continue to head to Steelers' wideout corps, with Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers candidates to absorb a share of Smith-Schuster's typical target allotment.
There were 20 penalties for 239 yards called during Monday's game. The contest drew criticism, but Tomlin said Tuesday he's "not going to react to comments and opinions from others". "And just the way he went down, it was just like - I don't know, man", Burfict said.