Tomlin hurts Harrison's chances at appeal

December, 14, 2011
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James Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has appealed the one-game suspension for the Steelers linebacker.

Harrison is expected to receive an expedited hearing so he would have a chance to play in Monday night's game at San Francisco. But Harrison shouldn't get his hopes up.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says no one expects Harrison to win the appeal. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin certainly didn't help Harrison's case Tuesday.

"He hit him [Browns quarterback Colt McCoy], he hit him illegally, he has to suffer the consequences," Tomlin said.

Earlier this season, Tomlin defended Ryan Clark when the Steelers safety was fined $40,000 for an illegal hit. But there was no such stance for Harrison.

"He has to be accountable for that so we accept the judgment rendered by the league office," Tomlin said.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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