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Titans FS Michael Griffin’s One-Game Suspension Upheld


Jason La Canfora reports that the NFL has upheld the one-game suspension that was handed down to Titans S Michael Griffin.

George Wilson is likely to fill in for Griffin this weekend when the Titans take on the Colts.


Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean was first to report that Titans FS Michael Griffin has received a one-game suspension for his illegal hit Raiders TE Mychal Rivera.

  • Wyatt adds that since Griffin is a repeat offender of the leagues protocol against hits to the head and neck, the NFL will likely enforce the suspension.
  • Pro Football Talk reports that Griffin will appeal his suspension.
  •  The league is expected to grant Griffin an expedited hearing this week.

Griffin leveled Rivera as he had his head turned around to catch the football. With Griffin’s previous issues with illegal hits, the suspension will be hard to overturn.

“All I can say is I apologize to the Titans fans, my teammates and the organization,” said Griffin in a text message sent to Wyatt. “I also hope Rivera is doing well.

  • Brian McIntyre notes that Griffin stands to lose $205,882 in base salary if the suspension is upheld.

Griffin ranks as the No. 17 qualifying safety in the league, according to Pro Football Focus’ rating.

His absence could become an issue for a Titans team that is currently fighting for a Wildcard spot. Tennessee will be up against the division-leading Colts in Week 13.

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