On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison received a one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy in Week 14. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., Harrison will have an appeal hearing for his suspension over the telephone, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Late Tuesday, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported that Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, requested an expedited hearing so that his client could have a decision from the league prior to the Steelers' Week 15 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Ted Cottrell will hear Harrison's appeal on behalf of both the players association and the league. Odds of a successful appeal are slim. Harrison will not be allowed to practice with the team during his suspension.
Harrison is no stranger to league scrutiny for his style of play, a style of play which has been called dirty in the past. He has five illegal hits on quarterbacks in three seasons.
McCoy sustained a concussion as a result of Harrison's hit, which has enveloped Browns head coach Pat Shurmur in controversy for his in-game handling of the situation.
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