Titans safety Michael Griffin is the latest player to be suspended for a week for repeated shots to the head.
The league announced the suspension moments ago, citing “a repeat violation of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.”
Griffin teed off on Raiders TE Mychal Rivera yesterday, knocking Rivera’s helmet off and out of the game. Griffin was penalized for the play. It was his second violation this year and fourth since 2011.
Griffin’s suspension was handed down by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks. He’ll have a chance to appeal before either Matt Birk or Ted Cottrell.
While some suspensions have been overturned, recent precedent is against Griffin playing this week. Both Dashon Goldson (repeat offender) and Erik Walden (headbutting Delanie Walker) had suspensions upheld following appeals last week.