Steel­ers an­gry, con­fused over NFL’s dis­ci­plinary rul­ing

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PITTS­BURGH ( AP) — 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 heard one any­way.

The AFC North lead­ers are con­fused and frus­trated about Steel­ers the league's de­ci­sion to up­hold Steel­ers rookie wide re­ceiver JuJu Smith-Schus­ter's onegame 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-to­hel­met 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.”

Smith-Schus­ter drilled Bur­fict while the volatile Cincin­nati line­backer was try­ing to chase af­ter Pitts­burgh run­ning back Le'Veon Bell dur­ing a late Pitts­burgh drive.

Smith-Schus­ter, the youngest player in the league, then stood over Bur­fict as the rest of the play de­vel­oped, draw­ing un­nec­es­sary rough­ness and taunt­ing penal­ties in the process.

Min­utes later, Iloka launched head-first at Brown as Brown hauled in the ga­me­ty­ing touch­down, draw­ing an un­nec­es­sary rough­ness penalty.

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