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Chiefs’ JuJu Smith-Schuster Breaks Silence on Hit by Jaguars’ Andre Cisco

You probably remember the hit that knocked Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster out of the Week 10 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although it was not penalized at the time, tackler Andre Cisco was later fined by the NFL as Smith-Schuster left the game with a concussion.

#Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster knocked out of the game due to a scary hit by a #Jaguars defender. Hope he’s okay. #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/uDPi4jGwi9

— Devon Clements (@DevclemNFL) November 13, 2022

Today on January 19, Smith-Schuster addressed the Cisco situation for the first time since his injury, and he was very forgiving of any potential beef with the Jaguars safety. “I just play ball at the end of the day,” the Chiefs wideout responded, “I don’t think about the past. I think Cisco’s a great player — he’s an aggressive guy, he plays hard, he has his big hits, and that just goes to say that I just got to play harder [in the future].”

Later, Smith-Schuster even confirmed that Cisco reached out to him after their collision. “He slid in my DMs [direct messages],” the charismatic WR joked with a smile. “He apologized and it’s all good, I said I appreciated it.” Smith-Schuster added that he knows Cisco’s game and knows that there wasn’t anything malicious about the hit, reiterating: “He plays hard, he’s a good player.”

Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster Not Taking Jaguars Lightly

Similar to quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, Smith-Schuster is not about to take this Jaguars team lightly in the Divisional Round after their surprising run over the past couple of months.

“You talk about a defense that’s aggressive — they play hard, they attack the ball,” the Chiefs playmaker voiced. “Them playing against the [Los Angeles] Chargers, you could see that they’re not going to quit. They have a high-powered offense just as we do, so it’s going to be nice. It’s going to be a good game. Gladiator football is what I would say.”

He added later that he sees the Jaguars the same way that many (including himself) see the San Francisco 49ers.

“Another team that’s a very, very successful team — really good team — and now, both of those teams are playoff teams,” he explained. “Jacksonville is a playoff team, they’re going to come in here with a lot of energy and they’re going to give us their best game.”

The Chiefs beat the Jags and Niners pretty handily in Weeks 7 and 10 of the 2022 regular season but as Smith-Schuster noted, both are playing some of their best football now during the playoffs. Sorry Jacksonville fans, with head coach Andy Reid at the helm KC is not likely to overlook any opponent anytime soon.

Prepare yourself for Arrowhead’s finest on Saturday afternoon.

 

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