CINCINNATI -- NFL appeals officer Derrick Brooks has overturned the one-game suspension of Bengals protection George Iloka and diminished it to a $36,464.50 high-quality, the league introduced on Wednesday.
Iloka's agent Ron Slavin mentioned they felt a suspension used to be useless for Iloka, who used to be flagged for useless roughness on Monday evening after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers vast receiver Antonio Brown that took place after all zone.
"We are grateful to appeals officer Derrick Brooks for reducing George's penalty from a one-game suspension to a fine equivalent to what players who were recently involved in similar plays received," Slavin mentioned in a remark. "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. We thank Derrick for acknowledging our concerns and making the proper decision."
Bengals trainer Marvin Lewis mentioned he used to be stunned by means of the suspension. He mentioned phase of Iloka's protection all over the enchantment used to be that the NFL has now not been uniform in the way it administers self-discipline this 12 months.
The Bengals were phase of this dialogue a number of occasions, as linebacker Vontaze Burfict used to be suspended 5 video games (later diminished to a few) for a preseason hit. Burfict and A.J. Green had been each ejected from video games this season however didn't obtain suspensions. Adam Jones used to be additionally suspended one sport because of an offseason arrest.
Lewis mentioned the play involving Iloka used to be the type of play that occurs "within the scope of football" and used to be now not worthy of a suspension, because it wasn't intentional.
"This is still going to be, at the end of the day, football," Lewis mentioned.