The NFL on Wednesday announced that the one-game suspension given to Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been reduced to a $35,464.50 fine.
Iloka had appealed the suspension, and NFL appeals officer Derrick Brooks issued his decision Wednesday. Iloka will be allowed to play in Cincinnati’s game Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
In issuing the league’s initial suspension ruling, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan said Brown was a defenseless receiver when Iloka hit him in the end zone on a fourth-quarter touchdown catch Monday.
“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,” Runyan said in his ruling.
Had Iloka been suspended, he would have been out more than $266,000 in salary and roster bonus.
On Tuesday, the NFL upheld the one-game suspension handed out to Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster over his vicious block and subsequent taunting of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
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