Once again, primetime brought out the best (and worst) of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Monday night. And once again, players would take things a little too far.
In an eventual 23-20 Steelers win, both JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh) and George Iloka (Cincy) would ultimate receive one-game suspensions. For what, you ask? Well that varies, of course. Here is what Pittsburgh’s rookie wideout did.
— Derek Jones (@DerekJones79) December 5, 2017
As we all know, that’s Vontaze Burfict. Suffice to say, he and the Steelers have a little bit of history. Well he, the Steelers, and several others. But anyway…
Iloka, however, would aim a little higher. And, he would target Antonio Brown. This is the result.
Unreal. Bengals respond with a brutal hit from S George Iloka on Steelers WR Antonio Brown. pic.twitter.com/DoLMgjHuqi
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) December 5, 2017
As of this moment, both players are being suspending for one game. Of course, both Schuster and Iloka are appealing. The question then becomesa��how can the league view those hits as identical? Burfict clearly gets hit in the chest while Brown takes a shot to the head.
Suffice to say, the NFL has some work to do.