(AP) - The agent for James Harrison says the Steelers linebacker will appeal the one-game suspension he's received for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Colt McCoy during last Thursday's 14-3 victory over Cleveland.
NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson points out that the violation marks the fifth illegal hit on a quarterback by Harrison in the last three seasons. The four-time Pro Bowler has also been fined on two other occasions for unnecessary roughness over the same period.
Barring a successful appeal, Harrison will miss Monday's game at San Francisco against the NFC West champion 49ers.
Pittsburgh is 10-3 and tied with Baltimore for the AFC North lead.