Vontaze Burfict 'livid' after nasty blindside block from Juju Smith-Schuster

Vontaze Burfict 'livid' after nasty blindside block from Juju Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka have been handed one-game suspensions following Monday's bruising encounter between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals.

"The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of "eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game" and has encouraged the league office to suspend offenders for egregious violations such as the one you committed last night", Runyan said in his ruling. He went right for Burfict's head, launching at an upward angle as the linebacker was in a defenseless position.

Two of those players were Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Steelers rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who were both suspended one game for their actions. Then, he proved his ill intentions by taunting him afterward.

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The NFL suspended Smith-Schuster later on Tuesday and in his letter to the wide receiver, NFL VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan specifically cited Smith-Schuster's decision to taunt Burfict. Smith-Schuster is officially out for Week 14.

It was a busy week for suspensions in the NFL. "We already play a high-injury sport", said, via NFL.com.

Brown and Burfict have history between them as the latter left the former with a concussion after drilling him in the head during a playoff game following the 2015 regular season.

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The NFL is obviously cracking down on fighting and player conduct following the melee that ensued last week between Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos corner Aqib Talib.

Players are getting hurt. He said part of Iloka's defense during the appeal was that the National Football League has not been uniform in how it administers discipline this year.

That would essentially revert to the old precedent when consistency was nonexistent.

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