NFL Hands James Harrison One-Game Suspension

by | December 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM | NFL, Sports

James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP)

As reported over the weekend, Steelers star linebacker James Harrison has been suspended one game for his controversial helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy suffered a concussion as a result of the hit, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided enough was enough for the oft-penalized, oft-fined Harrison.

ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that Harrison is expected to miss Monday night’s game against the 10-3 San Francisco 49ers. Harrison is planning to appeal the ban, according to a source.

Harrison’s hit on McCoy was his fifth infraction against a quarterback in the past three seasons. The Steelers star, known for his physical playing style, is the first player under Roger Goodell to be suspended for a helmet-to-helmet collision.

On Monday, Harrison stood his ground and defended his hit on McCoy.

“I don’t think a suspension is worthy,” Harrison said Monday. “I don’t think it’s worthy of anything, but that’s just my own personal thoughts.”

As of the initial report, there is no indication that Harrison has been fined in addition to being benched.

This is a breaking news update. Check back frequently as more information becomes available.