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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: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:10 pm

and he shouldn't be suspended

As a browns fan and someone who played the game of football... this is a joke.  Before we know it, they will have flags on their hips and will be flagged for any hit.  This is football, there is a reason they make millions to play the game.  McCoy took off running the ball and got rocked.. he wasnt standing in the pocket and didnt start to slide until the last possible second.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:04 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

What a moron Harrison is.  Just inviting a suspension.

His worst enemy is his ego and mouth.

Personally, I do think he should be suspended for one game.

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:59 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Perhaps Harrison should lighten up the tint on that visor a little bit so he can actually see the other players he's about to "tackle"

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:55 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Of course Harrison does'nt think he should be suspended for the main reason he is too much of a dumb a$$ to understand the rules of the game. He should be suspended for at least two games. I'm surprised that he does'nt get it. Maybe hes just a complete idiot when it comes to common sense. But like they you "can"t fix stupid" and unfortunately "stupid" gets you fined or suspended in the NFL.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

To Harrison and all the ignorant thugs on this site that support him.  Harrison is a big athletic body with a very small brain if any.  A real idiot.  Since he has the ability to really injure someone by hitting them in a way he already knows is illegal, someone else (like the NFL) has to do the thinking for this idiot.  Therefore, his extremely ignorant opinion not withstanding, fine this idiot again, suspend him for the remainder of the season and inform him through his agent that the next violation of this nature will result in a one year league suspension.  Keep going until this idiot is given the league death penalty and banned for life.  It will reach that point, this idiot isn't smart enough for it not to. 

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:43 pm

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

It ain't about being a QB, its about that Harrison speared ANOTHER PLAYER. Kick him out of the league. This is unexcusable that he can't learn the right way to tackle.

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