After successful appeal, Bengals' George Iloka avoids suspension for Antonio Brown hit


On Tuesday, Smith-Schuster received notice from the league that he was being suspended for one game for the egregious hit on Burfict.

It wasn't enough that Juju Smith-Schuster hurt Vontaze Burfict, he had to taunt him about it as well.

But a quick scroll through Twitter on Tuesday revealed a common theme: Many current and former National Football League players thought Gronkowski's hit was worse than Smith-Schuster's.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a host of weapons that the Ravens will have to be ready for by Sunday night, but that group may not include an impressive rookie wide receiver. Brown, who caught the game-tying pass on the play, remained in the game.

Smith-Schuster added extra attention to the play by standing over an injured Burfict, who has a history of concussions as well as unsafe hits and actions that have drawn the ire of the league office. "Your conduct following the hit fell far below the standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player". On Smith-Schuster's play he was making a block, albeit a somewhat unnecessary one, during a play, while Gronkowski's hit came after the whistle had been blown.

"He shouldn't have stood over him", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

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Ben Roethlisberger doesn't think that's right. "I didn't mean to stand over him".

"I was just grateful I was able to get through the game", Brown said. I was trying to get a big block for Le'Veon Bell for him to get upfield. I shouldn't have done that.

He also apologized in a postgame tweet.

Asked if that comment was related to Burfict, Brown said, "I ain't talking about nobody".

Iloka's agent, Ron Slavin, released a statement saying thank you to Brooks but reiterated that they felt Iloka did nothing wrong.

After the game, Brown yelled "karma" repeatedly.