Blog Entry

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:30 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 2:00 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned yesterday that the NFL claims they're not targeting James Harrison for personal fouls and/or illegal hits. People, judging by the comments, didn't really agree. (Or maybe they hate bully analogies.)

Well, expect the conspiracy chatter to heat up even more if Harrison picks up another personal foul penalty during this week's game -- CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on The NFL Today that Harrison is one flagrant foul away from picking up a suspension from the league.

"First of all, I can tell you if [the Week 12 hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick] were helmet-to-helmet, I guarantee you he'd be suspended and not playing this weekend," Casserly said. "Next, this is a correct call, because when you hit with the forehead to the quarterback after he's released and is defenseless and therefore should be fined.

"Another flagrant foul and this guy is going to be suspended. He's also in the position as Roy Williams, who got suspended for horsecollar tackles -- multiple penalties eventually add up to a suspension. He's close to that right now."



Harrison obviously walks a fine line in terms of making some aggressive hits; it's why he's been fined $125,000 this year.

And if anyone were a candidate for the NFL's first illegal hit suspension since they ramped up the fines this year, it's the Steelers linebacker.

People shouldn't necessarily be okay with the fact that Harrison could be suspended if he picks up a 15-yard flag this week for hitting a defenseless player, but they (meaning fans and the Steelers) should at least be prepared. Don't say we didn't warn you.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Comments

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:22 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

I suppose he will be suspended since he apparently is fined every single week.




Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

CBS Sports Charley Casserly reporting from who?  Himself?  Where is the NFL story from one of the guys.. who you know... works at the NFL and isn't a hack writer on CBS sports?  Maybe my sense of utter disbelief is coming into play here but harrison has done NOTHING to warrant a suspension.  None of his hits are cheap or dirty to the level that compared to other players it is that more awful.  In fact.. when you allow 2 players to fist fight on the field and don't do a thing about it.. to turn and say harrison should be suspended for playin the game the way it should is hypocrisy. 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

I am not a Steeler fan but Harrison is getting a RAW DEAL!   Only one of his hits were questionable.  Harrison is so big and fo fast his hits are way harder than most D players.  Harrison plays the game full out.  The NFL without a doubt is making Harrison the poster child for its new rules!



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

I'll add, realistically, in a world where people don't have to say everything PERFECT and nicey nice, he's 100 % CORRECT! If you've ever played football, at even the pop warner or pee wee level, when you tackled someone, did you try to be as gentle as possible or hit them with EVERYTHING you had? You NEVER want to send someone off the field injured but you certainly want to hit them AS HARD as physically possible so they go back to the huddle and are hurting inside. FACT FACT FACT! And I agree with Daveb68. TOTAL HYPOCRISY!!!! GOODELL MUST GO!



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Honestly, look at my previous posts; I won't shut up about this.  I really don't think he's dirty.  He's just damn dumb.  Or stubborn; one of the two.  Ray Lewis doesn't get flagged for this crap, or any other AFC North player, just him.  If you're going to hit people, and intimidate them in the process, just remember that suspensions mean you don't play, and you don't get paid.  God, with the lockout right around the corner, YOU NEED THIS MONEY!!!



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Waaaaah! james harrison and the steelers hit too hard.  Waaaaah!  look at this photo and look at the replay of this "vicious and dirty hit".  harrison planted his facemask into the chest of the qb and by the looks of the pic above, he caught him on the follow through of the throw.  which to me, indicates that he did not hit the qb late.  this is all a dump truck load of BS and a "witch-hunt"  goodell can go get fooked.  GO STEELERS AND HIT 'EM EVEN HARDER!!! that is all.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Irregardless, you are a total fool. Why is it that when someone actually plays this violent game we all love..violently. All the soft girlie men(such as yourself) want to call foul. Face it, the guy is the epitome of linebacking in the nfl. Dirty? seriously? if playing the game the way it's supposed to be played is dirty..then I'll take a whoile team of "dirty". thank you very much



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:56 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Every penalty and fine has been 100% deserved. He is a dirty player, and if it takes a suspension for him to clean up his act, and the Steelers to return to coaching sound football, more power to the NFL for following the rules they have had in place for years.

But I doubt he will change, his game isn't nearly as effective within the rules.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Agreed.




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Casserly: Harrison flagrant away from suspension

Of course he's going to pick up another foul this week. What would football be without the weekly bullsh*t penalty call
on Harrison. Goodell has turned the NFL into a mockery with this crap, yet won't suspend players for fighting


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com