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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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:32 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

why do you think they bring those 'terrible' towels ,they need it to wipe the tears from the perpetual crying that comes from the Pittsburg fans. After what happened to Crosby in hockey you would think they could grasp on to this as a rule that needs to be followed, but the previous post was  almost right not mush but sh%# for brains
 



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:27 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

carodumba$$,
First off, you can't tackle helmet to helmet no matter what.
WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!  You can on a running back.  Please watch more football and STFU about things you don't know about





Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:22 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

well said carolina!



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:18 am
 

Harrison shouldn't be suspended but fined

First off, you can't tackle helmet to helmet no matter what.  Second, stop trying to take dudes head's off. You are all out there playing a game, and it would be nice for everyone to walk off the field after it is over.  Harrison has been told what he is doing is wrong. Why is he not getting the memo? Years ago you could hit the QB anyway and nothing would happen, now you can't.  Rules change and you have to adjust. I agree that football has become softer, but this makes me angry that Harrison cannot understand why he can't hit helmet to helmet.  Maybe he has already suffered brain damage from all these hits and needs to be evaluated.  He should be told today that if he performs another hit like he did Thursday, that he will be suspended for 5 games. You are going to play by the RULES or not play at all.




Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:10 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

The Steeler fans need to stop drinking the water in Pittsburgh. It seems to turn your brains to mush.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:06 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

For your information, I have been a football fan since the 60's...... The sport has changed alot as have the rules. Harrison needs to learn to play within the rules.... This isn't 1965.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:04 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Look up at the picture....He's leading with the crown of his head....Pittsburg fans are nott seing the big picture....He's been fined and WARNED not to do exactly what he did... If there mind they dont see it....they prob put bruses on there kids. then blame the kids for being bad....RIGHT. RIGHT..



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:54 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

yea and the toothfairy will stop by your house tonight! that BS isnt worth commenting on, just wait for a few hrs steeler fan and you will see. Suh is gonna have company@!



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:47 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

It wasn't even that bad of a hit.  It looked so much worse than it was because McCoy is so much smaller and lighter than Harrison.  It was a head on collision of a Mack truck vs a Yugo.  Harrison didn't launch, didn't lead with his head, didn't drive the QB to the ground.  If it was a running back, he would not even have gone down with that hit.  It was a light wuss of a QB who went flying, so they flagged him and could have changed the outcome of the game.  Stay in the pocket boy if you don't wanna get hurt.


Eventually, a team is going to lose a playoff game with these pansy Goodell rules and that's the issue we should all be concerned about.  At least the real football fans who care about the game and not the casual fans Goodell is catering to.  



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:46 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

hey gup nice post but try to only use it once, first in freeman article now here, WEAK!


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