The NFL on Friday upheld the one-game suspension of Detroit Lions safety Mark Carrier, whose helmet-to-helmet hit gave Tampa Bay's Brice Hunter a concussion.
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue denied the appeal following a one-hour hearing with Carrier via conference call.
Carrier will be suspended without pay for Detroit's game at Chicago on Sunday. He cannot take part in any team functions while under suspension.
The suspension will cost Carrier about $25,000, or one week of his base salary of $475,000.
In a letter to Carrier explaining his decision, Tagliabue wrote, "I conclude that both the repeat character of your violations from the 1992 season to the present and the risk of injury to you and opposing players presented by tacking or hitting techniques of this type support a one-game suspension."
Carrier's hit, for which no penalty was called, came during the second period of the Lions' 27-6 victory Monday night. The game was delayed about 10 minutes while Hunter was treated on the field.
Hunter was released later that night from a Pontiac hospital but is expected to miss the Buccaneers' game Sunday against the New York Giants.
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