UPDATE: George Iloka Wins Appeal, Will Not Be Suspended

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UPDATEL: Bengals safety George Iloka has won his appeal with the NFL. He will not be suspended for a hit on Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game.

Iloka’s agent released this statement following the decision.

The Bengals will play the Chicago Bears on Sunday.


ORIGINAL STORY:Monday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals turned ugly with several late hits. As a result, both Bengals safety George Iloka (Fort Bend Kempner) and Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster were each suspended one game by the NFL on Tuesday morning.

NFL VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan singled out the plays that earned a suspension for both players. In the case of Iloka, he was disciplined for his late hit on a touchdown catch by Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown.

In a letter from NFL VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan, he said:

“On a play which began with 3:55 left in the game, you violently struck a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area.The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of ‘eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game’ and has encouraged the League office to suspend offenders for egregious violations such as the one you committed last night.”

Per ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, Iloka plans to appeal the suspension. If upheld, the former Fort Bend Kempner standout would miss the Bengals upcoming game against the Chicago Bears and would be eligible to return for the team’s next game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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