It was definitely a questionable play since Burfict took a shot to the head and neck area, and after the game, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green criticized Smith-Schuster and said it was a "dirty hit". 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.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have this year really tried to put together something of a supergroup at wide receiver, but especially lately, it hasn't been easy. Brown held on for the tying touchdown and neither player was ejected.
However, given that Smith-Schuster has no history, many Steelers, including Foster, felt that the suspension was overkill. "Your conduct following the hit fell far below the standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player". He even offered to pay Smith-Schuster's fine.
"I'll stand by my statement last night that his actions after the hit are more disturbing than the actual hit", Tomlin said Tuesday. Karma is karma. Karma is in life.
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Now it looks like he'll be slapped with the same one-game ban that the National Football League hit Rob Gronkowski with on Monday for his dirty hit on Tre'Davious White. The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me.
Meanwhile, Antonio Brown, the star of the show, is still working through a sprained toe that had him questionable for Monday's game.
Don't get me wrong, he is still overall being a contributor.
Asked if that comment was related to Burfict, Brown said, "I ain't talking about nobody. You do the wrong things, you get the wrong things out of it".