Antonio Brown cites 'karma' after vicious hits mar Steelers' win

Antonio Brown cites 'karma' after vicious hits mar Steelers' win

Smith-Schuster was disciplined for his high block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the Steelers' comeback victory Monday night. The hit was illegal - thanks to the "Hines Ward rule" that outlawed those types of blocks delivered up high to unsuspecting defenders - and then Smith-Schuster drew an extra flag for taunting after standing over his target.

In a letter to Smith-Schuster, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote: "You are suspended for the unsafe and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game".

Jon Runyan, the NFL vice president of football operations, wrote in a letter to Smith-Schuster that he violated a rule that prohibits unnecessary contact with a player who is in a defenseless posture. "I didn't mean to stand over him". Burfict is one of the NFL's villains, an oft-punished player due to dirty hits. During the 2015 season, tackles made by Burfict caused injuries to running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) in regular-season matchups, and a concussion to Brown in a postseason meeting between the two teams. After I seen the replay I think I should've held back a little bit more from blocking him.

Just a day prior, the National Football League had also issued a one-game suspension to Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots tight end, for diving helmet-first into the back of a defender's head while the defender was laying on the ground after the play had ended. You got to acknowledge it and he's got to work hard so that people understand who he is from a sportsmanship standpoint.

Smith-Schuster apologized for the hit during post-game interviews as well as on Twitter.


"Me just playing ball, I hit him".

Both players will be able to return next week when the Patriots and Steelers meet in Pittsburgh. The Bengals set a franchise record with 13 penalties for 173 yards.

"We have a responsibility to make this game as safe as possible". But according to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, that block wasn't even the worst part of the play. "But that being said, we still have room to grow".

"I don't worry about what goes on on their side", Tomlin said, "to be honest with you".

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