Bengals safety George Iloka's one-game suspension reduced to fine

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Bengals safety George Iloka's one-game suspension reduced to fine

Bengals safety George Iloka's one-game suspension reduced to fine

Bengals safety George Iloka will be on the field Sunday against the Bears.

His one-game suspension for a hit on the Steelers' Antonio Brown in Monday night's game was reduced Wednesday to a $36,464.50 fine, the NFL announced.

Derrick Brooks, an appeals officer appointed by both the NFL and NFLPA, was the one who reduced Iloka's punishment.

Iloka's agent, Ron Slavin, released a statement saying thank you to Brooks but reiterated that they felt Iloka did nothing wrong.



"While we still believe George did nothing wrong on the play and the helmet-to-helmet contact was a result of Antonio Brown's lowering his head as he braced for contact, we felt and argued that a suspension was particularly egregious.


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"We thank Derrick for acknowledging our concerns and making the proper decision."

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also received a one-game suspension for a hard block on the Bengals' Vontaze Burfict and subsequent taunting penalty. Smith-Schuster also appealed his suspension, but it was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash, also jointly appointed by the league and union.