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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bengals S George Iloka suspended 1 game

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Bengals S George Iloka suspended 1 game

The rookie wide out then taunted Burfict by walking over him as he lay on the ground.

Despite an Antonio Brown helmet shot courtesy of Bengals safety George Iloka and a scary Ryan Shazier back injury which inadvertently sent him to the hospital, Tomlin felt there were plenty of positive moments throughout the game which didn't receive coverage. The hit was illegal - thanks to the "Hines Ward rule" that outlawed those types of blocks delivered up high to unsuspecting defenders - and then Smith-Schuster drew an extra flag for taunting after standing over his target. The hit happened on a short pass to Le'Veon Bell, and resulted in Burfict leaving the field on a stretcher.

There aren't many good streaming options with favorable matchups this week, but one player to watch out for is Trey Burton. Brown held on to the ball to score the eventual tying touchdown.

In a letter to Smith-Schuster, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote: "You are suspended for the unsafe and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game". He is a better sportsman than he displayed after the block and you got to acknowledge that. While both will appeal, it's likely they will remain suspended, affecting start 'em, sit 'em decisions and possibly sending some fantasy owners to the waiver wire in need of a fill-in.

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After the game, Smith-Schuster tweeted, "I don't have any intentions to hurt anyone when I play football".

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". I think the game is safer than it's been. "My job as head coach here is to minimize those things before they occur". Mike Wallace (@ Steelers) and Jermaine Kearse (@ Broncos) have both been hot lately, too, but tough matchups make them a little riskier.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis - who has steadfastly defended Burfict - is finishing his contract and could be done in Cincinnati after a 15-year run.