Should JuJu Smith-Schuster, Rob Gronkowski Suspensions Be Equal? NFLers Disagree

Screenshot via ESPN  Monday Night Football

Screenshot via ESPN Monday Night Football

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka were suspended one game for dirty hits in Monday night's game, the National Football League announced.

It's interesting that they both get the same suspension given to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for diving on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White after the play was dead and giving him a concussion.

The suspensions came quickly from the National Football League and, even though you expect appeals from both players, good luck in getting the punishment reduced. He went right for Burfict's head, launching at an upward angle as the linebacker was in a defenseless position. He was also penalized for standing over the linebacker and taunting him.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, "As JuJu Smith-Schuster talked about his block on Vontaze Burfict, Antonio Brown kept yelling "Karma" in Smith-Schuster's direction". Then, he proved his ill intentions by taunting him afterward.

Smith-Schuster added extra attention to the play by standing over an injured Burfict, who has a history of concussions as well as risky hits and actions that have drawn the ire of the league office.

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Smith-Schuster leveled Burfict as the latter pursued Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell on a 12-yard gain with 7:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

In a come-from-behind victory over the Bengals tonight at Paul Brown Stadium, a victory in which the Steelers didn't lead until time expired, Bell had 182 yards from scrimmage, but this time the bulk of that total came as a receiver. "I hope he's OK and I hope he gets better".

"I'll stand by my statement last night that his actions after the hit are more disturbing than the actual hit", Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

In a letter to Smith-Schuster, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote: "You are suspended for the risky and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game".

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