"I didn't think [the Smuth-Schuster suspension] was warranted".
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. Iloka hit Brown in the head while trying to break up his game-tying touchdown catch.
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In the fourth quarter, JuJu Smith-Schuster hit Vontaze Burfict with a brutal hit to the helmet. "I thought [the Smith-Schuster hit] happened in the context of a football play".
"We've been very consistent", executive vice president of operations Troy Vincent said during a conference call Wednesday.
Roethlisberger felt Smith-Schuster deserved a fine.
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While Lewis wasn't asked about Smith-Schuster's suspension, he said there is no place in the league for his actions after the hit while also referencing Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell's unnecessary roughness penalty against Burfict on the sixth play of the game.
"We are grateful to appeals officer Derrick Brooks for reducing George's penalty from a one-game suspension to a fine equivalent to what players who were recently involved in similar plays received". "We all do. Some of the things that happen in the game nobody wants to see". "There's no way I see two people get post-play penalties, post-play infractions that don't have anything to do with football and you get the same suspension as a guy that is making a football play in a football game".
"So I don't think anybody wants that, Coach Tomlin or myself or the clubs".