James Harrison’s appeal of a one- game suspension for a hit to the head of quarterback Colt McCoy was denied and the Pro Bowl linebacker will sit out the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Dec. 19 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Ted Cottrell, an on-field appeals officer working jointly for the league and the National Football League Players Association, upheld the league’s decision to ban Harrison, the NFL said in a statement.
It was fifth illegal hit in the last three seasons by Harrison, 33, who received a roughing-the-passer penalty for the helmet-to-helmet hit on McCoy during the Steelers’ 14-3 win over the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 8.
Harrison was docked four times for illegal hits on quarterbacks during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He also was fined twice by the league for unnecessary roughness over that period.
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