"I can assess a judgment on the fact that he stood over him and that's not how we play and that's not reflective of the sportsman he is".
There was certainly some retribution for the hit later in the game when Iloka delivered a wholly unnecessary helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wideout Antonio Brown as the receiver reeled in a touchdown from Ben Roethlisbeger.
That's the fallout from an incredibly physical Monday Night Football game that saw Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict knocked out of the game and Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier rushed to a hospital without feeling in his legs.
The taunting looked particularly egregious considering the Bengals announced Burfict was ruled out with a head injury after the play.
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Brown kept talking about "karma", and said he'd pay any fine incurred by Smith-Schuster.More news: Emergency protective order issued against OU running back Rodney Anderson
"After I seen the replay I think I should've held back a little bit more from blocking him", Smith-Schuster said. You got to acknowledge it and he's got to work hard so that people understand who he is from a sportsmanship standpoint. "Praying he gets better".
Both players can return to their team's active rosters on December 11. While both will appeal, it's likely they will remain suspended, affecting start 'em, sit 'em decisions and possibly sending some fantasy owners to the waiver wire in need of a fill-in.
The game officials threw penalty flags on both plays during the Bengals' 23-20 loss. Cincinnati was penalized 13 times for a club-record 173 yards. The contest drew criticism, but Tomlin said Tuesday he's "not going to react to comments and opinions from others". "And just the way he went down, it was just like-I don't know man". "My job as head coach here is to minimize those things before they occur".
"But they did last night in an instance or two".
In response, the National Football League suspended Burfict for three games.