Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin was suspended one game Monday by the league for a repeat violation of NFL safety rules that prohibit hits to the head and neck area of a defenseless player.
The play in question was a hit on Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera during Sunday's win. Griffin's hit knocked Rivera's helmet off, and Rivera missed the rest of the contest with a concussion. This was the second violation by Griffin this season, and his fourth since 2011. All four violations were for striking defenseless players in the head and neck area.
"All I can say is I apologize to the Titans fans, my teammates and the organization," Griffin said in a text message, per The Tennessean. "I also hope Rivera is doing well and I apologize to (Rivera) and his family. I was trying to do my job but in the end I hurt the team."
Goldson successfully appealed a one-game suspension early in the season, but he was forced to serve his suspension when he violated the rules a second time. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension can be appealed within three business days. Griffin is entitled to an expedited hearing and decision in advance of Sunday's game.