After successful appeal, Bengals' George Iloka avoids suspension for Antonio Brown hit

Lawrence Cooper
December 9, 2017

While the National Football League did uphold the one-game suspension Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster received for his actions against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night, another central figure in the ugly Week 13 contest has won his appeal. "You say you're concerned over player safety, but you had a guy who blatantly had a helmet to helmet and didn't get suspended". He is a better sportsman than he displayed after the block and you got to acknowledge that. Both JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka were suspended for their helmet-to-helmet shots - though Iloka's was overturned - which spurred some to ponder what can be done about these risky plays.

Bengals safety George Iloka also received a one-game suspension for a hit on Steelers star Antonio Brown in the end zone in the fourth quarter when Brown was deemed to be a defenseless receiver.

Both players were hit with suspensions on Tuesday and immediately appealed.

Smith Schuster then took to Twitter to apologize.

What seemed to be an emotional overreaction in suspending Bengals safety George Iloka apparently looked different after hearing officer Derrick Brooks slept on it.

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Both Smith-Schuster and Iloka will be eligible to return to their team's active rosters on Monday, December 11 following the Baltimore-Pittsburgh and Chicago-Cincinnati games on December 10.

Gronkowski delivered an elbow to the head of Tre'Davious White after the whistle in the Patriots' win against the Bills, which forced White into concussion protocol.

Smith-Schuster's actions after the hit upset Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin.

"It wasn't away from the ball. Your conduct following the hit fell far below the standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player". I don't like to compare players, suspensions and things like that. It's a reviewable play to improve the accuracy of the call, but it's still polarizing among fans. "It should be a committee of people that do it". The money goes to programs for former players, according to the NFL.

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