The game also included a frightening scene in the first quarter when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was taken on the field on a backboard after making a tackle.
Smith-Schuster was suspended for his hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict while making a block on a Le'Veon Bell running play while Iloka was suspended for his helmet to helmet hit on Steelers' receiver Antonio Brown.
In his letter to Iloka notifying him of the suspension, Runyan stated that Iloka violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits forcibly hitting a defenseless player's head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder. Burfict left the game on a stretcher and did not return.
If there's one thing to feel good about though, it's that even in the stark, brutal world of professional football - "AFC North football", to be more specific, as Ben Roethlisberger was after the game - the universe can still mete out its own cosmic justice.
Neither player was ejected from the game.
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.
For the record, the Steelers won a thrilling clash 23-20.
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Asked if that comment was related to Burfict, Brown said, "I ain't talking about nobody".
"And me just playing ball, I hit him". The NFL said that hit showed clear intent to injure and took place after the play had ended. Also, I believe that that's not me.
By a kid who just got his driver's license, is barely old enough to drink, but has already cemented a legacy in Steelers history by simply punching the bully in the mouth; or more accurately, blocking him in to next week. "Praying he gets better".
"I'll stand by my statement last night that his actions after the hit are more disturbing than the actual hit", Tomlin said Tuesday. "I apologize for that and with that being said, I hope he gets better". I should've never stood over him. "I'm sure he's sorry for that".
After the game, Smith-Schuster tweeted, "I don't have any intentions to hurt anyone when I play football".
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