While Bell was running with the ball towards the first down marker, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was lining himself up and getting ready to make a tackle when he became the victim of an illegal peel-back block.
"We are grateful to appeals officer Derrick Brooks for reducing George's penalty from a one-game suspension to a fine equivalent to what players who were recently involved in similar plays received", Slavin said in a statement. He said part of Iloka's defense during the appeal was that the National Football League has not been uniform in how it administers discipline this year.
"You are suspended for the risky and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game", NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan said.
"I didn't think it was warranted", Roethlisberger said.
Both Smith-Schuster and Iloka will be eligible to return to their team's active rosters on Monday, December 11 following the Baltimore-Pittsburgh and Chicago-Cincinnati games on December 10. "He has to work hard so people understand the type of man he is".
Burfict was stretchered off the field following the hit. On Smith-Schuster's play he was making a block, albeit a somewhat unnecessary one, during a play, while Gronkowski's hit came after the whistle had been blown. "We already play a high-injury sport", said, via NFL.com. Then it snowballed into a more serious situation as the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wideout stood directly over the downed Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, taunting him. "I was trying to get a big block for Le'Veon Bell for him to get upfield", Smith-Schuster said. Karma is karma. Karma is in life.
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". "I don't know that that's necessarily fair".