Suspensions come quickly for Steelers and Bengals

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That didn’t take long.

The NFL just announced one-game suspensions for Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety George Iloka, after last night’s over-the-line hits.

Both were flagged last night for helmet-to-helmet hits, Smith-Schuster for dropping Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and Iloka for hitting Steelers wideout Antonio Brown in the end zone.

They can appeal within the next three days, and those will be heard by Derrick Brooks or James Thrash.

While those suspensions are clearly justified, they were at least organic, unlike Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s sneak attack, which also drew a one-game ban.

102 responses to “Suspensions come quickly for Steelers and Bengals

  1. Organic, hahaha, tell that to Burfict and Brown’s brains. The severity was so much less in Gronk’s case, but the optics were worse.

  2. so… let’s see if the NFL is consistent and issues 1 game suspensions for EVERY illegal helmet to helmet hit (specifically like Iloka’s). Shuster’s was a little more with adding the illegal block and the taunting.

  3. Makes you wonder about the Gronk suspension.
    His was way outside the field of an acceptable play on the ball. A true cheap shot.

  4. Not understanding how these guys and Gronk get the same suspension. The Gronk hit was premeditated and there’s no place in the game for that. These hits were two football plays that were deemed illegal due to the hits being a few inches too high. If anything this sets a terrible precedent for the league.

  5. But it was OK for AJ Green to throw punch after punch on someone’s head.

    Just making it clear.

    SMH.

  6. The NFL love giving out or reducing suspensions to ONE game, hey if you’re serious about really eliminating these types of plays then give them a multi game suspension without reducing it. One thing I also don’t get how can you justify that what Iloka did deserves the same length of suspension to what Gronk did?

  7. NFL shows it’s bias in favor of the Steelers again. JuJu should have been tossed from that game immediately and suspended a minimum of 2 games. Shazier went down with his injury because like most Steelers hits, he led with his helmet. NFL, take a good look at why your ratings are dropping, you’re becoming as fixed as the WWE.

  8. I find it amazing that after a player is hauled off on a stretcher earlier in the game, players continued to lead with their helmets in big collisions.

    Not a fan of either team, that both hits warrented flags, Iloka’s seemed a little less cheap, as brown was falling into where he had launched, but man still have to have head up and lead with shoulder.

    What I don’t understand is how the penalty is the same for a “football play”, meaning they may look bad in slow motion, but these guys flying around fueled on emotion and trying to make a play and occasionally are reckless with their bodies or the safety of others. Those hits are considered the same as cheap plays after a play is long dead. I can choke hold or take a cheap shot after a whistle to a defenseless unexacting player and that penalty is the same for trying to make a good play. Just seems like there should be separate penalties for the two. Whatever that penalty is should be increased exponentially for a repeat offender.

    or maybe the NFL isn’t as serious as they lead us to believe about player safety.

  9. The Steelers are a dirty team and have been that way for years. I’m sick of the media ignoring it.

  10. Pats fan here, but I didn’t think JuJu Smith would get suspended. I thought the penalty in game would cover it. I like the way the NHL suspends players, they show a video of the actual play with graphics, arrows of the illegal contact, voice description, etc. NFL needs to do the same on these plays to remove confusion over what exactly he did wrong.

  11. JuJu may have a successful appeal. The hit wasn’t illegal–he led with his shoulder, and it’s Burfict’s responsibility to pay attention to the field. The taunting was the disturbing aspect of the play, and while that did warrant the flag, it did not warrant a suspension. I suspect Goodell felt he had no other choice because he’d suspended Gronk, but the incidents don’t compare. JuJu was blocking Burfict during a play.

    Frankly, I’m always happy to see receivers who aren’t afraid to block. But if this suspension stands, I hope it’s a lesson to our young star that nothing is gained by stomping around taunting other players after a hit or a score. You just draw a flag–or worse–while looking like an idiot.

  12. Iloka was just trying to jar the ball loose, but he came in too high. Brown had the ball held up high.

    Shuster decided to taunt the player he had just illegally hit. That should be two games.

    But, it’s clear what the NFL is doing. They “equate” the two incidences, to make it seem like both teams were equally at fault for what happened last night. When, that clearly was not the case. Pittsburgh is dirty, it’s part of their culture, it comes from the top, and they are one of the league office’s darlings thanks to their national following. That is just the way it works in the NFL.

  13. So, the “standard” has now been set. Every player who executes a hit to the head will be fined and receive a one game suspension. Let’s see how long the NFL enforces that standard. I am betting it will be as inconsistently enforced as everything else they do under the leadership they have in place.

  14. Total bs. Juju hit was barely improper. So he gets a game for the step over? Gronk should get 5 games for a malicious, premeditated 10 seconds after the play blow to the head with a metal battering ram

  15. Steelers fan. I get the Juju one, but don’t get the Iloka one. Standard helmet to to helmet and he was penalized on the field. He had one other Unnecessary roughness call earlier this year, so not a heavy repeat offender. I think his should be dropped on appeal.

  16. youngnoizecom says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm
    Not understanding how these guys and Gronk get the same suspension. The Gronk hit was premeditated and there’s no place in the game for that. These hits were two football plays that were deemed illegal due to the hits being a few inches too high. If anything this sets a terrible precedent for the league.

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    So you think celebrating hurting a guy by standing over the guy you just hurt to bark at him is just fine? Part of football?

    I have little sympathy for Burfict but that still doesnt make it ok.

  17. I agree with some of the comments. The NFL just set a new precedent that any helmet-to-helmet personal foul will receive a 1 game suspension. This means the NFL will be suspending at least 5 players every week.

    Smith-Schuster’s hit didn’t warrant a suspension. Iloka’s hit didn’t warrant a suspension. But now the precedent is set.

  18. nolongerafan says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm
    So, the “standard” has now been set. Every player who executes a hit to the head will be fined and receive a one game suspension. Let’s see how long the NFL enforces that standard. I am betting it will be as inconsistently enforced as everything else they do under the leadership they have in place.

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    I think Schuster deserved the suspension because the celebration added intent. But Iloka should have just been a heavy fine.

  19. “Both were flagged last night for helmet-to-helmet hits …”

    Correction: Iloka’s hit, while illegal, was shoulder-to-helmet. (Similar to Burfict’s shoulder-to-helmet hit on Brown in 2016). Only Smith-Schuster’s was helmet-to-helmet.

    This is not an comment on the flags or suspensions. Just a factual description of the hits. if you disagree, at least review the hits online before hitting “thumbs down.”

  20. Dolphins CB Bobby McCain was ejected for punching Danny Amendola. But not suspended. I don’t get the inconsistencies of punishment.

  21. JuJu got his for standing over Burfict. If he walks away after the hit, probably just a fine. What Gronk did was inexcusable; he hit a prone player in back of the head after the play was dead with an arm fitted with a brace. Tell me that equates the same punishment.

  22. copescabana says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm
    Steelers fan. I get the Juju one, but don’t get the Iloka one. Standard helmet to to helmet and he was penalized on the field. He had one other Unnecessary roughness call earlier this year, so not a heavy repeat offender. I think his should be dropped on appeal.

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    As inconsistent as they are, if you have a flag for these types of hits in the past the player usually gets a suspension. So with that in mind I understand both. Like Gronks it almost seems as if JuJu’s was intentional (based on taunting) and maybe should have been 2 games

  23. Once more plays on the field are equal to a guy running ten yards hitting a player on the ground out of bounds, just to do it.

  24. Are we sure it was taunting? He stood over a guy while the play continued, Bell was still untackled. If Burfict gets up, he can be blocked again as the play continues. Now maybe Ju-Ju also said something, but that hasn’t been reported.

  25. It’s a complete joke at this point. While both hits deserved flags and fines neither hit deserves a one game suspension. There is zero consistency in the application of this stuff….Burfict kicks at a players head….nothing…AJ green gets in a sissy fight and gets ejected and no suspension….Gronkowski delivers a cheap shot AFTER the whistle and gets one game…..apply the rules the same FFS.

  26. The Gronk hit was over blown. He didn’t make solid contact. But toss it in there on a Steelers/Benglas article to gain some levity for Schuster Gantt, because we know you are a Patriot Hater.

  27. One game suspension! LOL!

    Helps the Ravens, and then helps the Steelers vs the Pats. Comical.

    Why did Danny Trevathan get 2 games?

    Why did Kiko Alonso get 0 games?

  28. sbhntr says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:20 pm
    Dolphins CB Bobby McCain was ejected for punching Danny Amendola. But not suspended. I don’t get the inconsistencies of punishment.

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    I do. It’s called instiutionalized cheating. Bernie Madoff sits in a jail cell up the highway from me for it.

  29. They are reairing this game right now on the NFL Network. Are they offering up trigger warnings for Chucky, McDonough, and their ilk right now who found the game so disturbing? Can I sue the NFL for making me relive the horrors of last night’s awful, awful game – – just in case I get PTSD?

    If there is a way the NFL can be hypocritical, by golly, they’ll find it!

  30. dougchillin says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    Too bad JuJu hit him in the chest with his shoulder on what was a great block

    Yes but the crown of his helmet hit Burfict in his face mask
    That’s why he was suspended.

  31. The NFL owners need to start with Goodell and clean house in NY. Ridiculous & inconsistent decisions like this are hurting the league. And NFL please don’t act like you were surprised by the ugliness of this game. After all that’s why you scheduled it for prime-time!

  32. The math works for these teams. The players got to finish their game and will only miss one game where their team is at least a TD favorite. If directed at an opponents key player it is well worth it – especially if the injured player is out several games and in the same division. Rob Gronkowski will miss the Miami game (Pats favored by 11), JuJu Smith-Schusterwill miss the Ravens game (Steelers favored by 7) and George Iloka will miss the Bears game (Bengals by 7)

  33. I have no idea why/how the league decides any of this stuff, but I do know the optics of the Gronk play (after the whistle, pure cheap shot), and the JuJu play (illegal peel back block, lead with the helmet and then stand over a guy who might have a broken neck) were terrible.

    I’d have said Gronk 1 game and a big fine, just a big fine for JuJu, and a small fine for Iloka.

  34. Flash1287 says:

    December 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    dougchillin says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    Too bad JuJu hit him in the chest with his shoulder on what was a great block

    Yes but the crown of his helmet hit Burfict in his face mask
    That’s why he was suspended.
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    no it didn’t

  35. All one game suspensions are not the same. Players who make larger game checks and have larger production incentives are subject to larger personal loss. If you are melting due to the similarity of the language of these sanctions try thinking harder about the true ramifications.

  36. eltigredelnorte says:

    “”Shuster decided to taunt the player he had just illegally hit. That should be two games.””

    So taunting rises to the level of suspension now???
    C’mon Man!!!

  37. I guess the league doesn’t really care about player safety. Those 2 hits were bad yes, but they were FOOTBALL plays, I mean is JuJu supposed to stand there and watch Burfict try to hurt Bell again? Is the Bengals player supposed to not try to jar the ball loose when the game is on the line? To compare and essentially give the impression that those 2 plays are the same as Gronk purposefully diving at the head of a player WELL AFTER the play was over is a complete joke. Go Steelers!

  38. “I’d have said Gronk 1 game and a big fine, just a big fine for JuJu, and a small fine for Iloka.”

    Pretty reasonable approach I’d say.

  39. JuJu’s hit on Burfict shouldn’t have even been flagged, Wide Receiver hitting with his shoulder the front of a 255 lb Line Backer is, and should be, part of the game. Throw the Flag Football rules out the Window & flush your propaganda down the drain, with the rest of the Liberal BS belongs.

  40. What a bunch of garbage. The league got it wrong again. JUJU hits a guy from the front and Gronk spears a guy from the back on The ground and they get the same punishment. LAUGHABLE!

  41. True ramifications of Gronkowski, Iloka, Smith-Schuster one game suspensions….

    Gronkowski game check $250K (if he misses getting 25 more receptions, 339 yards or 5 TD’s before the end of year due to missing a game it cost him a cool 1 million dollars)

    Iloka game check $250K

    Smith-Schuster game check $29K

  42. Truth …the hit was legal, Gruden is a idiot, a few plays later he praised Juju for making the exact same kinda block on Dre Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick wasn’t oblivious so he didn’t get jacked up. Things cannot be penalized purely on optics. The taunting warranted a flag to be sure. Suspension? Give me a break. It was Burfict, karma paid Juju’s debt already. Loved seeing that SOB laid out.

  43. ajsjr40 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm
    Gronks hit was premeditated? Foolish comment… wholly an act of emotion done in an instant. Premeditated would infer he planned it.

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    Dude he didn’t say premedicated he said premeditated…..I assume you know the difference. An act of emotion….that’s out with intensity…gee I am surprised there aren’t cheap shots on every play especially on TD’s……you made the foolish comment….check that you made a comment a immature homer would make…..it was premeditated the minute he saw no flag so he thought no flag I’ll fix….very simple Skippy.

  44. dougchillin says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Flash1287 says:

    December 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    dougchillin says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    Too bad JuJu hit him in the chest with his shoulder on what was a great block

    Yes but the crown of his helmet hit Burfict in his face mask
    That’s why he was suspended.
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    no it didn’t

    Sorry you’re wrong

    There’s a perfect slow mo gif of it right now on Twitter
    He clearly hits him with the crown of his helmet in the side of his face mask and his head snaps back

  45. truthdispensary says:
    December 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    JuJu’s hit on Burfict shouldn’t have even been flagged, Wide Receiver hitting with his shoulder the front of a 255 lb Line Backer is, and should be, part of the game.
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    It is called a peellback block and it is illegal because it involves blasting a guy who doesn’t see it coming and carries with it the risk of serious injury.

    You don’t have to like the rule, but it is a rule and he absolutely violated it.

  46. While those suspensions are clearly justified, they were at least organic, unlike Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s sneak attack, which also drew a one-game ban.

    Organic??? Is that the new “code” for justifying when you line up a guy’s helmet and drop him from a place where you can’t see him coming? Or is this another type of “code” based on, well, you know..

  47. Interesting how JuJu’s block a much larger opposing Defensive player, within the play of the game, leading with his shoulder and too the front side of the defender (clean by all measures) equates to the same suspension as Gronkowski’s pile-driver attempt to hurt a smaller player, on the ground, facing downward, after the play was far from over…

    Things that make you go Hmmmmmm……

  48. I didn’t agree with the penalty Schuster got. That looked like a legit play to me. He didn’t blindside Burfect,…….but standing over him afterwards was taunting. That was uncalled for and should have been penalized as it was.
    The real concern though is how Shazier is doing. The guy is a great player but he’s wreckless in the way he tackles sometimes. These guys have to quit leading with the helmet or there will be more serious career ending spinal injuries. I hope and pray he’s not paralyzed.

  49. While those suspensions are clearly justified, they were at least organic, unlike Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s sneak attack, which also drew a one-game ban.
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    How is that last sentence relevant to this ^^^

    Its just a way to bash the Patriots. Every suspension or dirty hit for the rest of the season is going to somehow bring Gronk/Patriots into it. This story should have been about the two players in this game that got 1 game suspensions for brutal hits that were the definition of what not to do on a football field. I realize Gronk is the big story in the news right now for his hit, but his suspension was doled out, and that’s the end of that. WE don’t need to compare his play to these guys, just because you need to take the opportunity to bash the Patriots. At least Gronk didn’t stand over him for 10 seconds until being dragged away.

  50. walker1191 says:
    December 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    truthdispensary says:
    December 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    JuJu’s hit on Burfict shouldn’t have even been flagged, Wide Receiver hitting with his shoulder the front of a 255 lb Line Backer is, and should be, part of the game.
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    It is called a peellback block and it is illegal because it involves blasting a guy who doesn’t see it coming and carries with it the risk of serious injury.

    You don’t have to like the rule, but it is a rule and he absolutely violated it.

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    Also, all neck and head contact with a defenseless player is now illegal. I believe he should have gotten ejected for the 2 personal fouls though. I think it slipped because the Bengal’s weren’t allowed to take both penalties for some reason.

  51. Deb says:

    December 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    JuJu may have a successful appeal. The hit wasn’t illegal–he led with his shoulder, and it’s Burfict’s responsibility to pay attention to the field.

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    WHAT?!?!?! You cant be serious? He lead with his shoulder??? Is that why the crown of his helmet went straight into Burfict’s jaw? If JuJu his Burfict in the head with his shoulder, I’d have no issue with it. But he clearly went helmet to jaw on that one. I don’t believe he singled out Burfict, I think Burfict was just the one that was there at the time, but don’t give me “he lead with his shoulder…”. That was the definition of leading with the crown of your helmet. that’s going to be on nexts years “this is what you can not do” video that each team watches in August

  52. I Love PFT because it gives us fans a place to talk football. I hate PFT because it gives trolls a chance to hate on the teams they dislike. So are we to believe now that JUJU got suspended because he taunted??? You can almost use the argument that Burfict has used for years. I hit hard, my hits are violent so the league and the refs punish me inappropriately. Sure JUJUs hit looks vicious, because of Burfict being knocked out. And the taunting adds to it, but I don’t see JUJU leaving his feet to hit burfict, I don’t see JUJU leading with his head, (He lowers his shoulder) The players were lined up so its not a crack back or peel back block. Burfict is just not looking, but that’s not JUJUs responsibility to make sure burfict is looking before hitting him.

    Why is no one asking about Burfict being placed on a backboard, but then in the tunnel on the way to the locker room, he got off the backboard and ran to the locker room, (as reported by the sideline reporter.) Burfict famously said AB faked his concussion. Was burfict faking that he needed a backboard? I know he wasn’t faking being knocked out, because he was, but once he came to his senses, what was the reason for the backboard?

  53. They should play each other 4 times per season in order to boost ratings. I thought that was a nasty display of football but the masses like brutality.

  54. people need to look up a peel back block. When an offensive player blocks a defensive player who is running towards his own end zone (from the side or behind). burfict was running in a straight line towards ju ju.

  55. Deb says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    JuJu may have a successful appeal. The hit wasn’t illegal–he led with his shoulder, and it’s Burfict’s responsibility to pay attention to the field. The taunting was the disturbing aspect of the play, and while that did warrant the flag, it did not warrant a suspension. I suspect Goodell felt he had no other choice because he’d suspended Gronk, but the incidents don’t compare. JuJu was blocking Burfict during a play.

    Frankly, I’m always happy to see receivers who aren’t afraid to block. But if this suspension stands, I hope it’s a lesson to our young star that nothing is gained by stomping around taunting other players after a hit or a score. You just draw a flag–or worse–while looking like an idiot.

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    Please Tell me this a joke! I have NEVER liked the Steelers nor their fans. It always astounds me how the Steelers are always able to find those dirty players. Just like the commentator said, ” Ju Ju should be ashamed of what he did!” I guess the Steelers needed to get Burfict out the game so they can win. Its a tainted win. They are nkt going anywhere anyway. And Karma really does exist. In one weekend , i lost respect for two players JuJu and Gronk.

  56. Flash1287 says:

    December 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    dougchillin says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm
    Flash1287 says:

    December 5, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    dougchillin says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    Too bad JuJu hit him in the chest with his shoulder on what was a great block

    Yes but the crown of his helmet hit Burfict in his face mask
    That’s why he was suspended.
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    no it didn’t

    Sorry you’re wrong

    There’s a perfect slow mo gif of it right now on Twitter
    He clearly hits him with the crown of his helmet in the side of his face mask and his head snaps back
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    yeah but it didn’t though.

  57. JuJu clearly led with his shoulder to the chest. His head was turned to the side. It wasn’t a peel-back. He was moving east-west. This block is legal if he moves his target 3 inches lower.

  58. JuJu’s hit was a deliberate headshot on a blindside block. It was an “organic” cheap shot and he taunted the injured player. Iloka’s hit was a headshot, but it was a bang-bang play trying to break up a TD pass. Timed differently it could have been shoulder to chest/back. I’m fine with both getting suspended, but JuJu needs two games vs one.

  59. Also, in some HS football all “peel back” blockers must lead with their hands. There is no need to take somebody’s head off just because you can. At least not anymore.

  60. At this point, after that garbage game last night, the NFL needs to be more concerned with its optics. JuJu standing over a dazed Burfict is terrible Optics. Iloka clearly looking for revenge and trying to knock Brown out is bad optics. Brown yelling “Kharma” is bad optics. It’s time for the NFL to protect it’s brand and quality of play with suspensions for all. Call it conduct detrimental or something. Either that or just stop acting like they really care about player safety and let the players sort it all out.

  61. theravishingrachelnichols says:
    December 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    JuJu’s hit was a deliberate headshot on a blindside block. It was an “organic” cheap shot and he taunted the injured player. Iloka’s hit was a headshot, but it was a bang-bang play trying to break up a TD pass. Timed differently it could have been shoulder to chest/back. I’m fine with both getting suspended, but JuJu needs two games vs one.

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    Yes, but both were calculating, IMO, and clearly avoidable. They lined each guy up.

    Gronk lost it like Bobby McCain and somehow, the latter got away completely unscathed here.

    Can anyone explain this?

    Why did Goodell move the goal posts, mid season?

  62. youngnoizecom says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Not understanding how these guys and Gronk get the same suspension. The Gronk hit was premeditated and there’s no place in the game for that. These hits were two football plays that were deemed illegal due to the hits being a few inches too high. If anything this sets a terrible precedent for the league.
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    Gronk deserves his suspension and it probably would have been more than one game if he had any previous disciplinary history at all. Iloka has a history and doesn’t deserve the benefit of a doubt. With no history of crossing the line I honestly believe without the taunting Smith-Schuster might have only drawn a fine but standing over the player you laid out is just seriously bad optics.

  63. Blind side? It’s not blind side when the blocker is directly in front of you. He was running right at Shuster taking an angle to cut off Bell. Maybe he should look where he’s going.

  64. While the game is going on what exactly does it take to get ejected? I was in agreement with the announcer last night who asked the same question. If JuJu didn’t draw an ejection, especially with that taunt, what does????

  65. happywalkhappydog and 80percentofmycommentsarecensored say basically the same thing: Deb, you can’t be serious! He led with his shoulder?!?

    Yes, JuJu led with his shoulder. But the shoulder bone’s connected to the head bone, so to speak, and it’s hard to whack a guy full force with your shoulder while the two of you are wearing giant bubbles on your head without your bubbles connecting. I’ve watched the video several times in slo-mo. You should try it. And koenig61 is right–people need to look up the definition of a peel-back block. Burfict was running straight toward the ball carrier, and JuJu was running straight at him. That is a plain old block, not a peel-back block. As for Burfict possibly being paralyzed, as walker1191 said … Oh please. That’s in poor taste on a night when a player who was actually seriously injured left the field with limited feeling in his lower extremities. Burfict was grabbing Smith-Schuster’s legs and trying to get into a fight with him while he was still lying on the ground. The guy milked as much drama as he could from the moment in order to ensure enmity toward the opposing player, then was reportedly up and at ’em once he got into the tent.

    As a Steelers fan, I found JuJu’s behavior toward Burfict after the hit ridiculous, embarrassing, and worthy of a flag. But the hit itself was not illegal. If it were, I’d say so, just as I have about some of Mike Mitchell’s hits and those of other players. Burfict, of all people, should know to keep his head on a swivel during play. People get hurt making legitimate plays in this game. If you don’t understand that, you should watch soccer.

  66. ok, let’s recap the hits……

    Gronkowski: Before the game he devised a plan, he was going to kill a Bill that day. He ordered an armored, titanium brace outfitted with poison dipped spikes from Amazon and paid extra for same day shipping. He donned the brace and bided his time. Once the Bills were lulled into a sense of security he hatched his plan. He ordered Brady to lob a pass toward a defender he knew was capable of catching the ball but incapable of keeping his feet. As the player lay prone he accessed a step ladder and scaled to the top. He then performed a perfect triple Lindy landing with the poison dipped spikes tearing into the thin film of flesh protecting the Bills player’s brain stem. Unfortunately he got up.

    Iloka: Clearly used “my Cleats” jet shoes to launch head first towards a completely exposed, vulnerable, loving, caring, Steelers player. Just before contact you could hear a sonic boom as Iloka eclipsed the speed of sound. He crashed into Browns helmet with the force of a comet hitting a distant moon with no atmosphere. Brown easily caught the ball, popped up and congratulated Iloka on his fine effort and invited him to spend the weekend at his football camp next Summer.

    Smith-Schuster: Completed a simple rub block taught by coaches in local flag football leagues throughout the country. After he noticed a Bengal player inexplicably lying on the ground he immediately went over to see if he could offer assistance and recommend Brown’s football summer camp.

  67. BTW-
    The notion that Gronkowski had no prior incidents is wrong. He was fined for fighting after the SB against Seattle and was also fined in a regular season game against the Colts (throwing a defender out of the club).

  68. hnicgm says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    eltigredelnorte says:

    “”Shuster decided to taunt the player he had just illegally hit. That should be two games.””

    So taunting rises to the level of suspension now???
    C’mon Man!!!

    Hit – unsportsmanlike like penalty + Taunting = unsportsmanlike like penalty, 2 unsportsmanlike like penalties = ejection

  69. xenova1 says:

    December 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    They should play each other 4 times per season in order to boost ratings. I thought that was a nasty display of football but the masses like brutality.
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    Of course the NFL loves it. Since the Bengals-Steelers playoff game where all hell broke loose, the NFL has put the Bengals-Steelers games on Sunday Night or Monday Night football at least once each year. I can guarantee you they’ll do it again next year.

  70. I find it interesting that with the league doing it’s campaign to clean up the game, vast rule changes, less practice and training camp time, players get hurt more often now than any other time. Then we see players *clearly* go after one another with reckless abandon, whether it’s a disregard for the rules, after the whistle or just straight up fighting.

    I’ve been watching pro football since the 60’s when their were less rules, fewer serious injuries and less fights. The league and players have actually turned today’s football into an either “get or get got” proposition, all the while trumpeting player safety!!!

    Go Figure…

  71. Goodell once again remains a Teflon man. His dishing out of penalties are wildly inconsistent. All of a sudden, in one game out of thousands, 2 players get suspended for on-field hits? C’mon man…I don’t even know what I am watching anymore. Time to let this clown walk.

  72. “I’ve been watching pro football since the 60’s when their were less rules, fewer serious injuries and less fights.”

    The players were a lot different then, too. Nowadays 250 lb linebackers can run a sub 4.7 40 yard dash, receivers routinely go 6’4″/230, etc.

    If we really want to cut down on injuries, test for steriods. Stop letting these guys get unnaturally huge.

    And I’m serious here – put giant Nerf padding around all the helmets. They’d be 3x bigger but not appreciably heavier, and the collisions would be significantly mitigated. They’d look ridiculous, though.

  73. Suspension… is BS. It was a good block that went high (then a taunt), not a FOREARM to the BACK OF THE HEAD while a player is already down, a la Gronk.

    “This kind of hit has no place…”

    Where is, “This kind of conduct during the anthem has no place…”??

    “NFL” = “Nothing Freaking Logical”

  74. I’m a Steelers fan and honestly glad to see Iloka win his appeal. Seemed overly harsh to suspend him. The flag and maybe a fine were in order but that play is something you see every week. Bang-bang in endzone, both men left their feet. Against the rules, sure. Worthy of suspension, no.

    JuJu I think the taunting is the aggravating factor that made it a suspension, he hit him a little too high. 6 inches lower and it’s legal. JuJu and Bryant have both showed good blocking skills this season. Couple plays later JuJu put a great block on someone

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