Well, that didn’t take long.
On the same day the NFL ruled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster would be suspended one-game for his hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, his appeal was also heard on Tuesday evening by appeals officer James Thrash.
Thrash, after consideration of the appeal, has upheld the league’s original decision.
Appeals officer James Thrash, jointly appointed by the NFL & NFLPA, has upheld the 1-game suspension of #Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. Appeal was heard earlier today— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2017
With that said, the rookie receiver will now have to sit out the upcoming Sunday Night Football game with the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. He will be able to return to the field the following week when the New England Patriots come to Heinz Field in Week 15.
While most Steelers fans will also want to know of George Iloka’s one-game suspension, which was also appealed, was upheld, that ruling will come Wednesday.
Appeals officer Derrick Brooks heard Bengals S George Iloka’s appeal of his one-game suspension and is expected to rule Wednesday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 6, 2017
Agree or not, the NFL is sending a message with these suspensions, and although setting a very unhealthy precedent, the players on both the Steelers and Bengals will have to adjust or fear the wrath of the league office yet again.