PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Steelers say linebacker James Harrison has been suspended for one game following his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Thursday night.
This morning, the Steelers released a statement that said: ”We have been advised that James Harrison has been suspended for one game.”
Reports swirled over the weekend that the NFL was considering a suspension for the linebacker.
The hit drew a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.
However, Harrison said after practice on Monday that he didn’t think the hit deserved a suspension.
Meanwhile, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said during his weekly press conference today that the team accepts the league’s ruling. He said he talked to the linebacker briefly on the phone.
Tomlin said during his press conference: “We’re disappointed for James because we know quite frankly how hard he’s worked to play within the rules. Obviously, he hit him. He hit him illegally and he has to suffer the consequences.”
Harrison was fined $125,000 last season for illegal hits.
As a result of the suspension, Harrison is not allowed to practice with the team this week. He is appealing the decision.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.