NFL announced it has suspended Steelers’ safety Damontae Kazee for the rest of the season for violating playing rules intended to protect the health and safety of players.
Kazee laid a violent hit on Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr., which caused Pittman to lay injured on the field for some time afterward. Kazee, meanwhile, was ejected for the hit. Pittman left the game with a concussion and did not return. He remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol two days after the hit.
Losing Kazee is a big loss for the Steelers, as he has been one of the more productive defensive backs this season. Kazee has recorded 61 tackles this season for Pittsburgh, his best total since the 2019 season when he was with the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers already ruled out teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick for Week 16, which means they’ll be without both of their top options, while Keanu Neal and Elijah Riley both remain on IR with injuries themselves.
Kazee will have a chance to appeal the suspension, but with very few games left, it’s possible that we may have seen the last of him this season.
The Steelers, with or without Kazee, will be back in action on Saturday when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.