Brutal Unpenalized Hit on Patrick Mahomes’ Teammate Juju Smith-Schuster Proves Costly for Jaguars Safety

Published 11/20/2022, 6:00 PM EST

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In the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars, the wide-out JuJu Smith-Schuster took a nasty hit from the opponent team’s safety. Although the Chiefs won by 27-17, it was not a good day for the 25-year-old. The consequence of the nasty hit fell on Jaguars Andre Cisco.

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Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. When the Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andre Cisco hit him, the referee threw a flag for knocking a defenseless player.

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However, the referee picked it up and did not count it as a penalty. The referee of the game, Brad Roger, explained after the game, “determined that the defender had set and braced for impact and hit shoulder-to-shoulder.”

To reprimand the mistake, the league levied a fine of $6,612 for unnecessary roughness. Smith-Schuster did not practice this week. This means the Kansas City Chiefs will face the Los Angeles Chargers without their top receiver. JuJu is expected to return to the field in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster against the Jacksonville Jaguars

Patrick Mahomes threw a quick pass toward Smith-Schuster, who was trying to catch in the middle on a third down in the second quarter. After that, Cisco’s helmet hit him. 

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After the Tyreek Hill trade, the Chiefs have relied on the injured WR. In recent weeks, JuJu has been showing his bright colors and has developed great chemistry with Mahomes and his other teammates. 22 receptions for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns belong to Smith-Schuster, in the last three weeks. 

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The team played well against the Jaguars. They did not lose Smith-Schuster until midway through the second quarter when Kansas City was already leading by 14-0. 

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Although the young WR signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs, fans believe the team will potentially offer an extension contract. Before playing for the Chiefs, Smith-Schuster was a WR for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

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Neha Joshi

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Neha Joshi is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in English Literature from R.D National College, Mumbai and has also previously worked as a Graduate Intern at Jacobs.
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