Steelers, Bengals focused on bad starts, not bad blood
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The familiar faces that fueled the hostility between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals are gone.
Vontaze Burfict is in Oakland. Adam "Pacman" Jones is retired....
Cowboys cut safety George Iloka, keep 2 RBs behind Elliott
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released safety George Iloka, one of their most notable signings in free agency, to get their roster down to 53 players for the regular...
Cowboys Preview Capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (11-7)
New faces: TE Jason Witten, DE Robert Quinn, WR Randall Cobb, RB Tony Pollard, DT Trysten Hill, DE Kerry Hyder, DT Christian Covington, OL Connor McGovern, S George...
Cowboys Training Camp Capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (11-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Oxnard, California.
LAST YEAR: Made playoffs for second time in three seasons with QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. Dynamic young pair...
Cowboys Draft Preview Capsule
LAST SEASON: Cowboys beat Seattle for just third playoff win since last Super Bowl title (1995 season) after second NFC East crown in three years with star pair of QB Dak...
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed safety George Iloka, adding experience at a position that was a high priority going into the offseason.
Free Agency-Vikings Capsule
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Anthony Barr, DT Sheldon Richardson, RB Latavius Murray, CB/PR Marcus Sherels, K Dan Bailey, DT Tom Johnson, G Tom Compton, G Nick Easton, WR Aldrick Robinson, QB...
Vikings Preview Capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (14-4)
New faces: Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, QB Kirk Cousins, DT Sheldon Richardson, PK Daniel Carlson, CB/KR Mike Hughes, C/G Brett Jones, SS George Iloka, WR Kendall Wright, OL Tom Compton, QB Trevor Siemian, OT Brian O'Neill.
Key losses: Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, QB Case Keenum, QB Sam Bradford, QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Jerick McKinnon, G/C Joe Berger, PK Kai Forbath, WR Jarius Wright, DT Tom Johnson, DT Shamar Stephen, OL Jeremiah Sirles.
Vikings sign ex-Bengals safety Iloka, former Zimmer pupil
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — George Iloka had just sat down to eat with his wife when the call came from his agent.
The Cincinnati Bengals were letting him go. So much for that quiet day off. So much for all that time in training camp perfecting the scheme. So much for the only NFL team he'd ever played for.
"But that's the business. That's what we kind of signed up for. Things happen. At the end of the day, you're just a number for the most part," Iloka said.
Bengals release safety George Iloka
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have released safety George Iloka, clearing the way for rookie Jessie Bates III to move into a starting role.
The seventh-year safety has been sharing time during preseason games with Bates, a second-round pick out of Wake Forest who was given a chance to win the job at the outset.
Kevin Gorman: Missed message by NFL with decisions on Steelers, Bengals suspensions
The NFL wants to be "fair and firm, but not excessive" when punishing players in what it calls an effort to eliminate flagrant hits that have no place in football.
So the league suspended Steelers rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster one game for his first offense, a crushing crack-back block on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a repeat offender of the "egregious violations" the NFL wants to end.
Steelers safety Mike Mitchell sounds off on Roger Goodell in tirade
On a day when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell signed a five-year contract extension, Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell said the league needs "better leadership."
Mitchell was the most vocal among Steelers players who voiced displeasure with the league Wednesday after rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster's one-game suspension was upheld on appeal, but Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka's was rescinded and reduced to a $36,000 fine.
Steelers angry, confused over conflicting discipline rulings
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NFL insists it isn't sending mixed messages as it tries to cut down on what it considers violent plays that cross the line.
The aftermath: Bengals’ Iloka has suspension overturned
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown's head.
Bengals safety Iloka has 1-game suspension overturned
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on appeal Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown's head on Monday night.
Iloka and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster each got a one-game suspension from the NFL in the aftermath of Pittsburgh's 23-20 win at Paul Brown Stadium. Iloka hit Brown in the head while trying to break up his game-tying touchdown catch.
NFL suspends Steelers’ Smith-Schuster and Bengals’ Iloka one game each
The fallout from one of the more vicious NFL games in recent memory arrived swiftly, as the NFL on Tuesday announced one-game suspensions for Steelers rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals S George Iloka for their actions in the Steelers' come-from behind victory in Cincinnati on Monday night.
Pending appeal, Smith-Schuster will miss a Week 14 "Sunday Night Football" division showdown with the Ravens; Iloka would miss a visit from the Bears to Paul Brown Stadium next Sunday afternoon.
Five things we learned from Steelers win over Bengals
Five things we learned from Steelers 23, Bengals 20.
1. The hits kept coming, and fines are sure to follow.
JuJu Smith-Schuster should expect to be lighter in the wallet, and Bengals safety George Iloka likely will lose part of his paycheck as a result of the jarring hits they delivered in a rough-and-tumble game that renewed the competitive juices that has defined this series.
- Star TribuneVikings secondary knows the fear of being benchedNovember 2, 2018
- Star TribuneVikings fears confirmed: Mike Hughes lost for the seasonOctober 15, 2018
- Star TribuneVikings safety George Iloka likely to start against Arizona on SundayOctober 13, 2018
- Star TribuneTrae Waynes ready to return to Vikings lineupOctober 11, 2018
Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster suspended 1 game for hit on Vontaze Burfict
In the wake of Monday night's penalty- and injury-filled game between the Steelers and Bengals, it took less than 24 hours for the NFL to hand out a suspension to a player on each team.
Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati safety George Iloka each were given a one-game suspension for their respective fourth-quarter illegal hits during the Steelers' come-from-behind 23-20 victory.
Steelers’ Smith-Schuster, Bengals’ Iloka each banned 1 game
NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules.
Cincinnati – No matter how high the stakes, how big the deficit or how late in the game, Ben Roethlisberger and his tough-to-catch playmakers always find a way to leave the Bengals wondering what just happened.
Brown, Boswell lead Steelers to 23-20 win over Bengals
CINCINNATI (AP) — No matter how high the stakes, how big the deficit or how late in the game, Ben Roethlisberger and his tough-to-catch playmakers always find a way to leave the Bengals wondering what just happened.
Bengals defense needs to tighten up for Ben, Brown & Bell
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals' defense allowed the winless Browns only 16 points and came away thinking: This can't happen again.
The points weren't the problem. Cleveland piled up 405 yards as Isaiah Crowell ran for a season-high 95 yards and rookie DeShone Kizer threw for a career-high 268 yards. The Browns' penchant for self-destruction prevented them from getting more points.
As the Bengals (5-6) watched video of their 30-16 win at Paul Brown Stadium, they couldn't help but wince.
Skrine fined $48K for illegal hit, Burfict not fined
NEW YORK (AP) — Jets cornerback Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his illegal hit on Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson last week and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict wasn't fined after his ejection against Tennessee for pushing away the arm of an official who tried to break up a sideline scuffle.
Burfict wasn't fined for his late hit out of bounds two plays earlier, either.
Bengals’ challenge: 4 road games in 5 weeks, Steelers up 1st
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have a chance to move into contention in the AFC North, but it's a long road back.
And it starts in Pittsburgh.
Cincinnati (2-3) plays four road games in the next five weeks, a stretch that will either set them up for a run at the playoffs or leave them so far behind that they'd need a Steelers collapse to give them a chance.
Ouch! Bengals newcomers get crash course in Steelers rivalry
CINCINNATI (AP) — One of the NFL's edgiest rivalries is getting passed onto the next generation of Bengals.
Nine rookies will see firsthand why so much has been made of these high-stakes games with the Steelers.
It won't take them long on Sunday to realize this game is different from the others.