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JuJu Smith-Schuster intends to keep ‘playing physical’ despite suspension

JuJu Smith-Schuster has no intention of changing his physical style of play despite serving a suspension for doing just that, saying, “I’m not going to change my game.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver sat out of last Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens after the NFL suspended him one game for aggressively blocking — and subsequently standing over and taunting — Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict during a Week 13 victory.

Burfict was carted off the field after the brutal hit.

Smith-Schuster has since expressed regret over standing over and taunting Burfict, saying, “That’s not me.”

As far as the physical nature he brings to the game, however, nothing is going to change, says Smith-Schuster.

“I am still playing physical,” Smith-Schuster said, via ESPN. “That is how I’ve always been, since I was a kid. Keep moving forward, I am still going to make those blocks. Yes, I am going to be more careful. I’m going to aim for the shoulder and lower, just be more protective of the game.”

Smith-Schuster without question is turning into one of the more talented and charismatic young stars in the NFL. One needn’t look any further than how the 21-year-old wide receiver took in the Steelers’ thrilling 39-38 win on Sunday night.

Smith-Schuster said he wore his helmet, which he only took off for bathroom breaks, to “stay locked in.”

Regarding his suspension-related fine — 1/17th of his salary amounts to $27,352 — Smith-Schuster is expecting Antonio Brown to pay it, which his Steelers teammate promised to do.

“He still owes me for my fine,” Smith-Schuster said of Brown. “I’m going to try to get him [Wednesday].”