George Iloka will instead pay a fine of $35,464.50.
Bengals safety George Iloka’s one-game suspension for a hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has been overturned on appeal, the NFL announced Wednesday. He will instead pay a fine of $35,464.50.
Iloka and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster were each suspended one game for their actions in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game. Smith-Schuster gave Vontaze Burfict a concussion with a blindside block and then taunted the Cincinnati linebacker. (Smith-Schuster’s ban was upheld on appeal.) Six plays later, Iloka cracked Brown in the helmet as Brown caught a game-tying touchdown pass.
Iloka, a starter for the past five seasons, is now cleared to play in the Bengals’ game against the Bears on Sunday. The Bengals are clinging to slim playoff hopes at 5–7.