Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

JuJu Smith-Schuster Levels & Taunts Injured Vontaze Burfict

JuJu Smith-Schuster Levels & Taunts Injured Vontaze Burfict

Specifically, people were upset about Smith-Schuster standing over top of Burfict, taunting him.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been suspended one game for violating the league's safety-related rules.

While Bell was running with the ball towards the first down marker, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was lining himself up and getting ready to make a tackle when he became the victim of an illegal peel-back block.

"On a play which began with 3:55 left in the game, you violently struck a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area". However, with the tone of the game, the young pass catcher got caught up in the emotion.

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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 was arguably lucky not to get ejected for this play. After that in Week 15 is perhaps the game Pittsburgh has marked on its schedule since the day it came out, as the New England Patriots will be coming to town with home field advantage through the AFC playoffs likely at stake.

Given that Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier left the stadium in the same manner on a scary injury earlier in the game when he was attempting a tackle, it seemed even more tasteless for Smith-Schuster stand over Burfict and taunt him. "I apologize for that and with that being said, I hope he gets better". "I can assess a judgment on the fact that he stood over him and that's not how we play and that's not reflective of the sportsman he is".

Smith-Schuster was called for unnecessary roughness and taunting, though he wasn't kicked out of the game.

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