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By PFW staff

The NFL has rejected the appeals of Steelers OLB James Harrison for a pair of hits that drew a combined $95,000 in fines. The league also declined to reduce the fines.

The first fine, for $75,000, was precipitated by an Oct. 17 helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi, which resulted in a concussion for Massaquoi, one of two concussion suffered by Browns players that day as a result of Harrison's hits. The second fine, for $20,000, was in response to Harrison's hit with his helmet to Drew Brees' back in an Oct. 31 game.

Harrison met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 2 to present his appeals.

Having now been fined $100,000 for three separate hits this year, Harrison may be facing a fourth fine. During Sunday's overtime win over Buffalo, Harrison was penalized for roughing the passer when the officials ruled that he led with the crown of his helmet on a hit to Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"I'm not expecting a fine," Harrison said, comparing the hit on Fitzpatrick to one he made the previous week on Raiders QB Jason Campbell that drew a penalty but not a fine.

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