PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The NFL has denied James Harrison’s appeal of a one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Quarterback Colt McCoy.

The NFL cited Harrison’s history of flagrant hits, saying this encounter was his fifth hit on a quarterback.

The suspension comes on the heels of stricter guidelines for player safety that was invoked midway through the season.

The league’s decision to uphold Harrison’s suspension means the Steelers linebacker will sit out during Monday night’s game against San Francisco.

Harrison responded on Twitter by saying: “17 games, 1000+ snaps, 100+ plus tackles, 12+ sacks and 2 forced fumbles since my last incident and I get a suspension for a football play!”

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