Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec talks about the one-game suspension of Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for a violation of safety-related playing rules. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a host of weapons that the Ravens will have to be ready for by Sunday night, but that group might not include an impressive rookie wide receiver.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, who scored a touchdown against the Ravens and had 47 receiving yards in the Steelers’ 26-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium on Oct. 1, has been suspended for one game by the NFL for a violation of safety-related playing rules.
Smith-Schuster was disciplined for his high block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the Steelers’ comeback victory Monday night. After the block, Smith-Schuster stood over Burfict, who left the game on a cart and was immediately ruled out with a concussion.
In a letter to Smith-Schuster, NFL vice president of policy and rules administration Jon Runyan wrote: “You are suspended for the dangerous and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night’s game. Specifically, with 7:10 remaining, on a passing play to a running back, you lined up a defender and delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside shot to his head and neck area. You then ‘celebrated’ the play by standing over him and taunting him. The contact you made with your opponent placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury and could have been avoided. Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player.”
Smith-Schuster lost his appeal, so the Steelers will face the Ravens without a receiver who has caught 37 balls for 585 yards and five touchdowns this season.