Following the block, Smith-Schuster stood over Burfict, who left the game on a cart and was immediately ruled out with a concussion. "Your conduct following the hit fell far below the standards of sportsmanship expected of an National Football League player".
Smith-Schuster drilled Burfict while the volatile Cincinnati linebacker was trying to chase after Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell during a late Pittsburgh drive.
Both Roethlisberger and Moats touched on the issue of Smith-Schuster and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski receiving identical punishments. The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me. Gronkowski was suspended one game for hitting Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White with a elbow to the neck after the play was whistled dead and the defender was down and out of bounds.
"I think so", McVay said of whether targeting would work in the NFL.
"I don't like to compare players and suspensions and things like that", Roethlisberger said, "but you look at what Gronk did and what JuJu did, they got the same suspension. I don't know that that's necessarily fair".
Smith-Schuster told reporters he "messed up" with the taunting, because he cost his team 15 yards on the penalty.
"You are suspended for the unsafe and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game". But, I think trying to be able to keep players free from - especially some of those head injuries that do occur - is a big focal point for the league. "So, going forward, you know how to avoid it".
"Especially in a game like that", Berry said, "your (default guess) is, 'Maybe (Shaw) is trying to do something insane'".