Steelers angry about discipline rulings
PITTSBURGH >> The NFL insists it isn’t sending mixed messages as it tries to cut down on what it considers violent plays that cross the line.
The Pittsburgh Steelers heard one anyway.
The AFC North leaders are confused and frustrated about the league’s decision to uphold Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict while granting Bengals cornerback George Iloka’s appeal of his one-game ban for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers star Antonio Brown in the final minutes of Pittsburgh’s occasionally brutal 23-20 victory Monday night.
“We’ve been very consistent,” executive vice president of operations Troy Vincent said during a conference call Wednesday.
Not according to the Steelers.
“They screwed it up,” guard Ramon Foster said. “You say you’re concerned over player safety, but you had a guy who blatantly had a helmet to helmet and didn’t get suspended. You had a guy that just did a taunting and you try to justify it by suspending him. That’s not player safety.”