NFL upholds Damontae Kazee’s suspension for rest of season

Damontae Kazee of the Pittsburgh Steelers was suspended for the rest of the regular season on Sunday after being ejected for a hit on Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. in Saturday's 30-13 win.

Kazee's history was taken into account when the punishment was handed down, as he had been punished for unsportsmanlike conduct five times this season.

The NFL upheld Kazee's ban after hearing his appeal on Tuesday.

"Hearing officer James Thrash, appointed jointly by the NFL and NFLPA, has upheld Damontae Kazee's suspension for the remainder of the regular season." 

Thrash also determined that Kazee may return to the active roster for the playoffs provided the club qualified." Michael Signora, NFL Senior Vice President of Football and International Communications, tweeted on Tuesday evening.

The only difference between the original suspension and the appeal is that Kazee was originally not allowed to play in the playoffs, but that was overturned in the appeal.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, faces an uphill task to make the playoffs. They've dropped three straight games and are now 7-7, sitting last in the AFC North.

This season, the Steelers will face the Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, and Baltimore Ravens. Each team is at or near.500, and starting quarterback Kenny Pickett is still injured.

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