"I thought maybe a fine, a pretty steep fine, something like that".
Roethlisberger did go on to say that he did not approve of the wideout standing over Burfict as the linebacker lay on the ground after the hit.
In a letter to Smith-Schuster, NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote: "You are suspended for the unsafe and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game". It wasn't a hit on a kicker, a defenseless player. And although the Rams have mostly avoided significant head injuries, McVay is well aware of how many concussions happen across the league each week.
Smith-Schuster's actions after the hit upset Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin. The unsportsmanlike conduct is not me.
"I don't like to compare players and suspensions, things like that, but you look at what Gronk did and what Juju did, they got the same suspension", Roethlisberger told reporters Wednesday.
But Moats said each incident highlights a different issue.
"You are suspended for the unsafe and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night's game". Gronkowski's hit was a player safety issue, while Smith-Schuster's play was a sportsmanship violation. "There's no way I see two people get post-play penalties, post-play infractions that don't have anything to do with football and you get the same suspension as a guy that is making a football play in a football game".
"I guess we'll have a better understanding of it this week", Moats said.