Ben Roethlisberger defends JuJu Smith-Schuster for hit

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After the game, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown said Schuster's hit on Burfict was "karma", likely referring Burfict head-shot to Brown in last season's playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger has reluctantly weighed in on the NFL's one-game suspensions for both his Steelers teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Iloka hit Brown in the head while trying to break up his game-tying touchdown catch.

"I didn't think it was warranted, I thought maybe a fine", Roethlisberger said of Smith-Schuster's discipline.

The Bengals (5-7) host the Bears (3-9) on Sunday.

"Listen, I never said [Gronkowski] was dirty", he tweeted. Burfict is in concussion protocol and missed practice on Wednesday.

In lieu of the suspension, the National Football League fined Iloka $35,464, which is significantly less than the $235,294 game check he would have forfeited.

Boswell, who kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired, claims that on the prior play, Bengals player Josh Shaw, who was flagged for a neutral zone infraction, intentionally tried to injure his kicking foot. It wasn't away from the ball, wasn't a hit on a kicker, a defenseless player, it was a guy getting ready to make a tackle, a much bigger football player. The league will decide whether to fine Shaw for running into Boswell, or to accept that it was just an ordinary case of a player jumping offside. But, you know, I thought what happened - the play that happened - happened in the context of a football play. We don't want to have a player hit with an illegal hit and then stood over. I don't think anybody wants that, coach (Mike) Tomlin or myself or any of the clubs. For instance, shortly after Smith-Schuster's punishment was announced, the Twitter police unearthed this hit by Falcons receiver Julio Jones delivered to Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo.

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