The NFL has suspended Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin for one game following his hit that knocked Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera out with a concussion in Sunday's 23-19 Titans victory.
Griffin announced via his Twitter account that he would appeal the decision handed out by Merton Hanks with the NFL office, meaning that his appeal will be head either by Matt Birk orTed Cottrell. Unless the suspension is overturned, Griffin will not be allowed to practice with the Titans this week and would also miss Sunday's crucial game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Griffin tweeted "Just want to say I apologize to the fans, organization, and teammates. I also apologize to Rivera. I was just trying to do my job but ended up costing my team. Don't know what else to do except for appeal. Again I apologize."
Griffin was contacted by TitanInsider for further comment, but said he would allow his comments sent out via Twitter to stand in the matter.
Griffin also was flagged 15 yards on the play for unnecessary roughness and apparently was suspended due to being a repeat offender in the eyes of the NFL office.
According to Coach Mike Munchak, the Titans should know the results of Griffin's appeal perhaps within the next 24 hours, in order that they can make preparations going forward this week either with or without Griffin in the lineup.
If Griffin's suspension is upheld, it is expected that veteran George Wilson would replace him against the Colts.
If the suspension is not overturned, Griffin will also forfeit one-seventeenth of his $3.5 million base salary or just over $200,000.