Pittsburgh Steelers rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster earned a flag for a brutal crackback block that knocked Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict out of Monday night's game. The receiver earned another penalty for taunting after standing over the defender. The league suspended Smith-Schuster one game Tuesday without pay for violating safety-related playing rules. Prior to the one-game suspension being announced, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he took more issue with the taunting than the hit. "I haven't had an opportunity to see the television copy often times particularly in HD -- that provides the best case scenario," Tomlin told reporters. "I'll stand by my statement last night that his actions after the hit are more disturbing than the hit itself. Often times plays like that are teachable moments. When you look at it you have an opportunity to talk about ways you can be safer and so forth. He is a better sportsman than he displayed after the block and you got to acknowledge that. He's got to work hard so people understand the type of man he is from a sportsmanship standpoint and that's not something that's going to happen overnight. That's just the reality of plays like that." Smith-Schuster apologized after the game for the block and standing over Burfict.
Mike Tomlin: JuJu's taunting more disturbing than hit
NFL.com | Dec 5