Bengals Iloka, Steelers Smith-Schuster each suspended one game

Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) lies on the field after an apparent injury in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Bengals safety George Iloka and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster were suspended one game each by the NFL for safety-related penalties each incurred in Monday night's game between the two teams.

Iloka was called for helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the end zone on a fourth-quarter touchdown reception.

Smith-Schuster was called for unnecessary roughness for a block that knocked Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict out of the game with a possible concussion. He was also called for taunting after the play when he stood over the motionless Burfict.

Jon Runyan, the NFL's vice president of football operations, ruled that Smith-Schuster "delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside shot to (Burfict's) head and neck area." Burfict left the game on a stretcher and did not return.

Smith-Schuster did apologize after the game for taunting, while Brown called the hit on Burfict, "karma."

Burfict gave Brown a concussion in the 2015 playoff game between the two teams that prevented Brown from playing the following week at Denver.

The loss of Iloka leaves the Bengals possibly very thin at safety. Shawn Williams missed the last two games due to a lingering hamstring issue.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that both players are appealing the ban.

Associated Press contributed to the story

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