Harrison's appeal denied by NFL

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 16, 2011

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gestures during the game against the Oakland Raiders on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The NFL has denied James Harrison's appeal of a one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy, and the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker will sit out Monday night's game against San Francisco. The ruling was made by NFL-NFLPA on-field appeals officer Ted Cottrell and announced Friday. Harrison was suspended Tuesday because of the hit to McCoy during the Steelers' win over the Browns on Dec. 8. McCoy suffered a concussion. The NFL cited Harrison's history of flagrant hits - this was his fifth on a quarterback - in making him the first player suspended under stricter guidelines for player safety that were invoked midway through last season.
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