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Michael Griffin's one-game suspension for Titans upheld

The Tennessee Titans won't have Michael Griffin on the field Sunday.

The starting safety's one-game suspension for an illegal hit was upheld Tuesday by appeals officer Matt Birk, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing a league source.

Griffin was docked one game for a hit on Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera during Sunday's win. The hit knocked Rivera's helmet off, and he missed the rest of the matchup with a concussion. This was Griffin's second violation this season, and his fourth since 2011. All four violations were for striking defenseless players in the head and neck area.

Griffin will be eligible to return for the Titans following Sunday's game against the AFC South rival Colts. Sunday will mark the second missed game of his seven-year NFL career, all with the Titans. Veteran George Wilson is listed as Griffin's backup on the Titans' official depth chart.

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