Miller's Minute: Heated rivalry

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) is carted off the field after an apparent injury in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A prime time audience came to Paul Brown Stadium Monday night and witnessed a national disgrace.

Ryan Shazier's injury was the most frightening of a ghastly parade of punishment dealt out by the Steelers and Bengals.

The irony is that it was mostly self-inflicted, leading with his helmet.

Vontaze Burfict also left on a cart, from a willful headhunting hit by rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. After the game, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown characterized the leveling of Burfict as "karma".

Brown got clocked on a spearing hit by George Iloka on a crucial late touchdown catch.

Tuesday's one-game suspensions and public outcry won't put an end to it. The penalties have to be more severe.

As it is now, it's clearly not causing players to think twice before separating an opponent from consciousness and, how were the inflictors not immediately ejected?!

How most of it went on, intentionally, after watching a teammate, or any member of the pro football fraternity carted off, with potential paralysis, is unconscionable.

Tom Brady got four games for over-inflating footballs, while performance enhancers draw similar punishments.

We're talking about the possibility of taking away a fellow player's livelihood or (God forbid) life. Let's not wait for it to get there.

The deterrents have to be stronger.

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