Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin has been suspended without pay for one game for a repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, the league announced.
Griffin was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders for delivering a blow to the head of Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera.
The violation was Griffin’s second this season and fourth since 2011, all for striking defenseless players in the head and neck area.
Under the collective bargaining agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days and an expedited hearing and decision requested in advance of Sunday’s game. Appeals are heard and decided by either Matt Birk and Ted Cottrell, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.