Smith-Schuster was hit early in the third quarter after making a 23-yard catch over the middle of the field. Weddle was penalized for unnecessary roughness, but both the catch and penalty were negated by an offensive-holding penalty.
The call was explained in the NFL Football Operations' weekly officiating video. NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron said that before Smith-Schuster “has the opportunity to defend himself, he is illegally contacted forcibly in the neck or head area.”
Smith-Schuster left the field after the play to be examined in Pittsburgh's medical tent but was later cleared to return in the Steelers’ 23-16 win.