NFL suspends Steelers' Smith-Schuster for hit on Bengals' Burfict
CINCINNATI -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been suspended one game by the NFL.
The suspension stems from a hit Smith-Schuster levied on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 23-20 win Monday night.
On the play, the wideout peeled back and hit Burfict on the jaw with the crown of his helmet and then stood over him.
Smith-Schuster was flagged for both the hit and the taunt on the play.
He said after the game he didn't mean to hurt Burfict and just wanted to throw a block. He apologized for standing over Burfict, saying "that isn't me."
Burfict was carted off the field after the play, but was walking on his power afterward.
The NFL also suspended Bengals defensive back George Iloka for one game after he delivered a direct hit to the head of Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown on Brown's fourth-quarter touchdown catch.