The National Football League has upheld the one-game suspension levied on Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Thursday night, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports.
The play in question was Harrison's fifth illegal hit against a quarterback in the last three seasons. Harrison had appealed the suspension and an expedited hearing was held on Thursday with appeals officer Ted Cottrell, who is jointly paid by the National Football League and NFL Players Association to oversee appeals for on-field discipline.
Harrison will miss Monday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers and will forfeit $73,529 in base salary. Harrison is eligible for reinstatement on December 20.