Harrison Denied

Pro Bowl safety Rodney Harrison appealed his imposed suspension on Monday in New York. the appeal was denied today by Jeff Pash, the league's executive vice president and general counsel, who upheld the suspension imposed on Thursday by NFL disciplinarian Gene Washington.

Rodney Harrison will miss Sunday's home game against the New York Jets and lose $111,764. Harrison has been fined more than $200,000 for several infractions during his nine-year career as detailed by our reporters in an earlier story.

Harrison brought video clips with him that he said proved he didn't hit Jerry Rice helmet-first. The hit happened in the first quarter of 's 27-21 overtime win at Oakland on Oct. 20. No penalty was called on the play.

"Essentially, they felt like Rodney committed a foul,'' coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "We continue to contend that he did not.''

Harrison wasn't immediately available for comment.

Expect rookie Vernon Fox and Keith Lyle to split time replacing Harrison this week. Fox played well in his absence earlier in the season and Lyle has done a fine job in spot duty.

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