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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: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:06 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I think the ONLY way the Steelers fans will get a grasp on reality with Harrison is to have it hit home with a player on their own team.  I hope when Crosby comes back for the Penguins -- A player runs him head first into the boards and ends his career from all the concussions.  Then I will come on here and say -- you know what -- back in the 70's and 80's those hits were the norm and Crosby and Pen fans need to man up.  THEN i'd like to hear what Pitt fans would have to say.

Blows my mind that they have one of the best players in the NHL on their team whose career could be cut short because of concussions, yet they will defend a guy who repeatedly leads with his head to tackle players.  Maybe once Crosby has his career ended because of concussions the Steelers faithful will finally understand WHY the NFL is trying to put an end to the hits that Harrison CONTINUES to dole out. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:43 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended


I totally agree. Fining a guy like Harrison does nothing because he's already raking in money hand over fist.
When you drop a huge suspension on him it no longer attempts to send HIM a message, but also the Steelers. If the Steelers are ok with being without a big time player like him then so be it, but I'm pretty sure they know they are a much better defense WITH him.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:32 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

No, drilling a guy helmet to helmet after you've been fined repeatedly and warned repeatedly doesn't warrant a suspension at all.
Dude is living in a fantasy world. I think his hits have created too many blows to his own brain or he truly is retarded. And yes, I mean retarded, because last time I checked retarded was defined as: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress. And after that many warnings and fines, he still has yet to get the message.
The guy is a hell of a player. Big, strong, fast, aggressive. He has to be one of the most intimidating players in the NFL in years but he can't just learn to tackle properly? Everything has to be at the head level? The guy can still dole out brutal hard hits and tackle properly, but chooses not to, or is too damn dumb to learn.
The rules are clear so he deserves what he gets (and probably more since the NFL is afraid to give him a proper suspension like 8 games).

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:30 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

The league needs to suspend him for multiple games. A fine will not change the way he plays or the way the Steelers coaching staff (and other teams) instructs their players to punish opposing players. A suspension will force the team to respect the new rules because player suspensions will impact team success.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:17 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

But nobody would care if Rapistberger was decapitated on the field; matter of fact, there would probably be a standing ovation

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:16 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Harrison got one game.  Personally, If he never played again I could care less.  Being old school, I would prefer to see a zero tolerance crack down on post TD celebrations and taunting where the TD doesn't count and the other team gets the ball at the LOS.  The player who does it gets suspended one game.  A second offense is season and third is a lifetime ban.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:07 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended


Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:02 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

DDuke - that will sure lite up the board!LMAO!

David XXX Duke
Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:44 am
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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:43 am

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Why dont they give the old timers a one time pension payment from the $100 million made off there sweat and blood , that made the NFL what it is today..... I say a million is the least they should pay to those who sacrificed there health!   Surprised

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