Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has appealed the three-game suspension handed to him by the NFL for his role in the Steelers brawl with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night,
Pouncey’s appeal will be heard on Tuesday by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, who is one of two former players appointed to that role by the NFL and NFLPA.
Pouncey is hoping for a reduction in the number of games. He is currently scheduled to miss the Steelers’ game this Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals, the rematch at home with the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 1 and the Steelers’ trip to Arizona to play the Cardinals on Dec. 8.
He will not be paid during his suspension and will also be fined an additional, undisclosed amount.
Veteran backup B.J. Finney is the Steelers second-team center and should be expected to replace Pouncey in his absence.
Pouncey received supplemental discipline from the league for punching and kicking Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett after Garrett attacked Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and struck him over the head with his own helmet.
Garrett, Pouncey and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi were all ejected after the fracas. Ogunjobi has also appealed his one-game suspension. That appeal will be heard Monday by former Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver James Thrash.
Garrett, who has been suspended indefinitely, and for at least the remainder of the 2019 season, has not yet had his appeals hearing scheduled.