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Titans safety Michael Griffin suspended for nasty hit on Raiders’ Mychal Rivera

Frank Schwab
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It was obvious the NFL was going to penalize Titans safety Michael Griffin for a brutal hit on Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera.

The NFL suspended Griffin one game. The suspension came because he is a repeat violator, but the hit alone was worthy of a one-game ban.

Griffin went at Rivera's head as he was going to the ground on a long catch, as unnecessary of a head shot as you'll find in the NFL this season. Griffin was given a 15-yard penalty, and thankfully Rivera was able to make it off the field under his own power. It looked for a few moments like that wouldn't be the case. Rivera's helmet was knocked off on the play and he suffered a concussion.

One by one, the NFL is trying to eliminate the most dangerous and unnecessary of head shots like the one Griffin delivered. The best way to do that is make the most blatant offenders sit for a game or two.

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