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Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 9:25 am
Will Harrison's hit on McCoy lead to a suspension? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Linebacker James Harrison, who was fined $100,000 for illegal hits a year ago, is again in the league's crosshairs after leveling Colt McCoy with a helmet-to-helmet hit during Thursday night's Browns-Steelers game. The play left McCoy with a concussion, and the NFL could consider suspending Harrison even though it was his first roughing-the-passer penalty of this season.

On Monday, Harrison said he shouldn't be suspended or fined.

"I don't think it's suspension-worthy," he said after practice, according to the Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder. "I don't think it's worthy of anything, but that's just my own personal thoughts."

On Monday evening, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the sense in Pittsburgh and around the league is that Harrison will be suspended. The ruling is expected Tuesday morning.

Charley Casserly beaks down James Harrison's hard hit on Colt McCoy on Thursday night, which may lead to a possible suspension.

The NFL considered the hit illegal because even though McCoy had tucked the ball to run, and taken five steps before deciding at the last second to throw the ball, he's still considered a quarterback and afforded the rules that protect them. At no time during the play in question was McCoy, in the league's eyes (and according to the rules), considered a runner.

"They didn't even call helmet-to-helmet; they called roughing the passer," Harrison said. "He took off running with it and, at the last second, he like chuck-and-ducked. He tucked the ball and made like he was about to run. So I was going to tackle him."

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly said Sunday that ignorance of the rules wasn't an excuse.

"The league office told [Harrison]: next infraction, escalating discipline, including a possible suspension," Casserly said on The NFL Today. "Head coach Mike Tomlin went to the league office this year to do what I call 'a review of the rules.' From the league's point of view, there's no excuse for any Steeler not knowing the rules."

And then there's this, from Sports Illustrated's Peter King:

“A league source tells me there will be one major mitigating factor in deciding whether to suspend or fine Harrison and that is this: Colt McCoy took five full strides with the ball as a runner, leading Harrison to believe that he could hit him as if he were a running back. I believe he should be only fined and not suspended.”

So would Harrison change anything on the play that left McCoy with a concussion?

"Knowing I got a penalty, yeah I would have did it differently," he said.

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Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:12 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

He should be done for the rest of the season and playoffs, he does not get it and he is a danger to himself (through lack of understanding he has done anything wrong) and the rest of the players in the league If the NFL is really serious about protecting it's players they should get rid of the guys who don't or refuse to understand the rules. Watch the tape he bowed his head to then drive into McCoy. His inability or want to follow the rules causes a workplace hazard for all offensive players. Send the message and let him know this repeated behavior is not to be tolerated the man is a menace and a cheap shot artist

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:04 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

all you jokers on here defending harrison are morons.He has been warned over and over,he should be suspended at least two games and hit with a hefty fine.Had that been your teams qb you would be wanting a suspension.He is just an idiot of a player who has not learned anything from prior violations.I hope he does retire so we don't have to hear all steelers whining all the time about being picked on.The hit was a blatent attempt to hurt him and no other explanation is warranted.Grow up harrison.

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:02 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

You're the "moron" Tiaz. First off, it was a late hit. McCoy had already released the ball, and two, Harrison came in high, leading with his head. No effort whatsoever to even tackle at the midsection. No effort to tackle at the shoulders. He came in, full steam, with his head aimed like a missle and slammed McCoy in the head. The only morons are the people trying to excuse his behavior. It was a high hit, with his helmet aimed at the man's head. Stop making excuses.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:00 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

CurTiaz.. Well said. Finally someone with common sense, thank-you.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:53 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

All of you MORONS that think Harrison should be suspended are just that. MORONS. Morons who have never played one down in Pop Warner, Midget League, Jr. High, High School, or College football. We are and were taught from the time that we could put on a helmet, is to put our heads down, hit with the shoulders, and wrap up. Now all defendefrs play pinball tackling and getting hurt worse. Ive played football for 6 years, and Ive never tackled any different. Im so sick of the NFL protecting these sissy ass babies that get paid millions to PLAY FOOTBALL..Problem is, and its obvious, that Harrison is a much stronger individual than nost NFL players, and when he hits, you feel it. Its football. I certainly understand the NFL perception of changing some rules and protecting some players, to an extent, but making a routine tackle, in the NFL anymore, is commonly fined, unless you learn to grab runners ankles. Get a life people. Learn the game. Then open your mouths.

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:52 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

It is incredibly hard to watch the NFL these days because it seems like there is at least 1 review or 15 yard penalty each drive. When the officials have this big of an influence on the pace and the momentum of the game there is something wrong with the sport. It wouldn't be as bad if Rodger would take his time with these rule changes, but the way it is now the only people that Rodger is gaining favor with is the training staff.

Suh and Harrison are a different issue and would be getting fined even if these new rules weren't in place. 

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:40 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

How come everyone has forgotten that this is football. It is a violent sport. No one makes these players play. People are going to get hit, if you don't like it, quit watching or quit playing. Simple as that and please, quit crying about the hits. Next thing you'll be telling boxers, don't hit him so hard he might get hurt. And for those who think Harrison should be suspended, you know jealousy will eat you alive. It's funny, you want to suspend a player who plays the game like it was meant to be played all because you want him out in case the Steelers play your team. So sad.  Butkus, Mean Joe and Singletary and guys like them are laughing at the NFL now a days, pretty soon it'll be flag football then you guys won't have anything to cry about. And by the way the rules state only defenseless players are the ones you can't hit helmet to helmet it does not apply to everyone. Quit whining about Harrison and maybe you can learn the rules better.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:25 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Harrison isn't the brightest bulb in the pack and he certainly says and does some stupid things, but this is the first time that I have ever heard even a semblance of remorse about anything from the man.  That is a step in the right direction.

I believe that the description of the tackle is a bit misconstrued in the press.  All good tacklers dip their heads when they are tackling so that they can stick their shoulder in the opponent and wrap their arms around him.  That is form tackling.  Unfortunately, form tackling is something of a lost art as so many players at every level believe that a solid hit will knock their opponent to the ground.  Not the case as seen on television in abundance every Saturday and Sunday during football season.

Did McCoy begin to run and then chicken out when he saw Harrison in his grill?  Absolutely.  Did McCoy lower his head while moving forward?  Without a doubt.

For the first time ever I tend to agree with Harrrison.  He was penalized and that should be the end of this affair.  However, because Harrison has made so many moronic statements in the past and the media is making Chickenheart McCoy a martyr there is no way that Harrison walks.  I am wondering when the NFL will become the National Flag Football League.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:17 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Harrison should be fined and suspended

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:11 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

First off I am a life long Browns fan born, raised, and still living in the Cleveland area.  I hate the Steelers more than just about anything I can think of off the top of my head.  That being said I totally love James Harrison.  Lack of players like him is why the Browns suck.  It's also why the NFL is slowly turning into flag football.  Every Sunday that I watch these games I miss the 80's.  If they had the same stupid rules that are in place now guys guys like Ronnie Lott wouldn't even be in the HOF.  It is a joke...all this offense is a joke.  Whiny WR's and QB's like Brady are a joke.  I would love to meet James Harrison so I could thank him for being a badass, tough, linebacker.   He is a dying breed.  In ten years the NFL will resemble flag/arena football.   Scores will be 63-57.  It will suck.  It's more proof of greed taking over the NFL and the softening of Americans.

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