Steelers linebacker James Harrison suspended for hit on Colt McCoy

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been suspended for one game without pay for his hit last week on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson said Tuesday the suspension is the result of Harrison’s fifth illegal hit against a quarterback in the past three seasons.

Harrison, who can appeal, laid a helmet-to-facemask hit on McCoy during the Steelers’ 14-3 victory over the Browns.

PANTHERS: Carolina signed rookie kicker Adi Kunalic, but have decided to keep veteran Olindo Mare on the roster.

Kunalic, an undrafted rookie from Nebraska, attended training camp with the Panthers but was cut before the season.

Mare has recently missed crucial kicks in losses to Atlanta and Minnesota.

COWBOYS: Dallas has blown five fourth-quarter leads, the coach was criticized for his late-game management leading to a loss at Arizona, there have been issues with the secondary and fourth-quarter penalties, but coach Jason Garrett’s job status isn’t a concern.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was asked if the rookie head coach is in danger of losing his job.

“Well, that’s not a question that’s in my mind, kinda worth responding to,” Jones said Tuesday morning on KRLD-FM. “But the answer is no and we’re just getting started here.”

BILLS: Buffalo has signed offensive tackle Erik Pears to a contract extension.

Pears is a seven-year NFL veteran who is in his first full season with the Bills. He’s part of a line that’s allowed a league-low 17 sacks.

TITANS: Tennessee signed linebacker Kevin Malast off the Jaguars’ practice squad and placed veteran linebacker Barrett Ruud (groin) on injured reserve.

CHIEFS: General manager Scott Pioli says he accepts responsibility for the lack of depth in the organization that has resulted in the lackluster performance on the field.

Pioli fired coach Todd Haley on Monday with the team in the midst of a 5-8 season that has been marked by devastating injuries and discouraging blowouts. But the general manager did not pass off all the blame on Haley, who was just 19-27 in two-plus seasons in charge.

“It’s abundantly clear that we’re not in a spot we need to be with our record where it is and our team in a position it is. I need to do a better job,” Pioli said.

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