Mon­day NFL game too vi­o­lent: coaches

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Bengals safety Ge­orge Iloka had his one-game sus­pen­sion over­turned Wed­nes­day, leav­ing him with a US$36,000-plus fine for his hit to An­to­nio Brown’s head.

Iloka and Steel­ers re­ceiver JuJu Smith-Schus­ter each got a onegame sus­pen­sion from the NFL af­ter Pitts­burgh’s penalty-filled 23-20 vic­tory at Paul Brown Sta­dium Mon­day. Iloka hit Brown in the head while try­ing to break up his game-ty­ing touch­down catch.

Smith-Schus­ter was sus­pended for lev­el­ling line­backer Von­taze Bur­fict with a blind­side hit and taunt­ing him by stand­ing over him.

Smith-Schus­ter has apol­o­gized for the taunt­ing. He’ll sit out when the AFC North-lead­ing Steel­ers (10-2) host sec­ond-place Bal­ti­more (7-5) on Sun­day night.

The nas­ti­ness that has es­ca­lated in the Steel­ers-Bengals ri­valry boiled over Mon­day night. There were four penal­ties for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness, one for un­sports­man­like con­duct, one for taunt­ing, one for rough­ing the passer and two 15-yard penal­ties for grab­bing the face mask.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he and Steel­ers coach Mike Tom­lin ad­dressed it with their teams.

“We don’t want any of that stuff,” Lewis said Wed­nes­day. “I don’t think any­body wants that, coach Tom­lin or my­self or the clubs. We un­der­stand that and I think both of us made that clear to the players. That’s not the look we want in the Na­tional Foot­ball League.”

Tom­lin met with re­porters Tues­day in Pitts­burgh and said, “I’ll ac­knowl­edge there were some un­for­tu­nate things in that game that we don’t need in our game — by both sides.”

When the Bengals played in Pitts­burgh Oct. 22, Bur­fict went out for the coin flip and re­fused to shake the Steel­ers’ hands. He kicked run­ning back Roo­sevelt Nix dur­ing the game, draw­ing a $12,154 fine.

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