The suspension imposed upon Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison was upheld after an appeal to the NFL office, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. Harrison was appealing a one-game suspension he received for an illegal hit on Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy last week.
Harrison's suspension was announced earlier this week and he appealed the discipline at a Wednesday hearing with appeals officer Ted Cottrell, who is jointly appointed by both the NFL and NFLPA.
Harrison has often found himself at the center of the illegal hits argument in the last few years with at least five illegal hits on quarterbacks over the last three years. His latest hit on McCoy has caused plenty of controversy because the Browns QB was starting to run, which would eliminate some of the rules protecting quarterbacks. But McCoy threw the ball a split second before Harrison got there so he was still considered a quarterback and thus the hit was illegal.
The Steelers play the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in Week 15.
SB Nation's Behind The Steel Curtain has been discussing Harrison's hit this week.