Vonn Bell follows through on promise, levels JuJu Smith-Schuster to force fumble

Jason Owens
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Vonn Bell had a message for JuJu Smith-Schuster prior to Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cincinnati Bengals safety has seen Smith-Schuster dancing on opponents’ field logos in pregame warmups — a practice the Steelers receiver shared again with his Tik Tok followers on Monday.

Bell’s not a fan of the routine.

“It’s kind of disrespectful at the end of the day,” Bell told reporters earlier this week on a video conference. “But they’re on top right now so you can’t really say nothing right now. We just gotta go out there, between the lines, go out there and hit him and let him know where he stands.”

In the first quarter Monday night, he got a chance to follow through on the message. And he delivered.

CINCINNATI, OHIO - DECEMBER 21: Vonn Bell #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals forces a fumble by JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on December 21, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Vonn Bell followed through on his promise to JuJu Smith-Schuster. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Bell’s message comes through loud and clear

Ben Roethlisberger hit Smith-Schuster on a crossing route near midfield on a third-down pass. Bell was waiting for him. As soon as Smith-Schuster caught the ball, he turned upfield where he was met by Bell.

Bell immediately walloped the Steelers receiver, sending the football flying down the field. Officials initially ruled the play an incomplete pass. The Bengals challenged, and officials correctly ruled that Smith-Schuster had caught the ball and turned upfield.

The call was changed to a fumble, and the Bengals converted it into points with a Giovani Bernard touchdown run seven plays later to take a 10-0 lead over the division-leading Steelers. The play set the tone for Cincinnati’s 27-17 upset of its division rival.

The Bengals’ Twitter account seemed to take special delight in Smith-Schuster’s demise:

It all adds up to the kind of play that might compel Smith-Schuster to think twice about his pregame routine moving forward.

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