Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster isn't backing down from his physical play after he absolutely crushed linebacker Vontaze Burfict last Monday night.
Per TribLive, while the 21-year-old rookie was apologetic for the taunting aspect of the hit, Smith-Schuster vowed "I felt like it was a good (legal) hit."
Smith-Schuster also said the suspension would not cause him to change his game.
"Oh, I am still playing physical," he said. "That's going to be a part of my game. That's who I have always been since I was a kid.
"I am still going to make those blocks, you know? Yes, I am going you be more careful; I'm going to aim for the shoulder and lower, just to be more protective of the game."
Smith-Schuster said he wasn't aware that the hit was on the volatile and polarizing Burfict, who has a long history of animosity with the Steelers.
"It was just like, 'OK, this is a Bengals player, let me go and make this block for Le'Veon (Bell),'" Smith-Schuster said. "I stood over him after and I said, 'Oh wow, that's Burfict,' and I was like 'Oh damn,' so that's when I relaxed 'Aw, man, here we go. This is it.'"
Smith-Schuster will face the New England Patriots for the first time in his career Sunday at Heinz Field.