James Harrison hit Brown’s quarterback Colt McCoy.
For that, he is suspended for one game without pay.
NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson said that it is his fifth illegal hit against a quarterback for the last three seasons.
It is reported that Harrison wants to appeal for the suspension. He said that the hit did not deserve a punishment.
In the legal document report, Harrison had a helmet-to-facemask hit on McCoy in the Steeler’s 14-3 victory against the Browns.
Harrison will not be allowed to be on the team facilities if the appeal will not be overturned or reduced.
He is scheduled to come back on Tuesday, December 20.
The coach of Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin said he is willing to respect the leagues decision and acknowledging that his player made foul against McCoy.
He said. “We’re disappointed for James because we know how hard he’s worked to play within the rules. We accept the judgement rendered by the league office and we will move forward.”
Detroit Lions NT NDamokung Suh was also suspended for two games this season putting Harrison the second player to be suspended this season.
Ndamokung stomped a player last month.
In 2009 and 2010, James Harrison was fined six times. He was asked to pay $125,000 last year. For that matter, he even threatened to retire.
But Harrison kept his head high and continued to play. He really tried his best to play clean this season. The heat to McCoy is his first illegal hit.