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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: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:40 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

In the end all the runners will run like Franco Harris and all the tacklers will tackle like Deion Sanders and hockey ratings will go up.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:39 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

cant wait, by noon this clown will be taking a week off and be lighter about 100k!

payback is a bitch! look out in week 17 cheap shoT!



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:35 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I dont know how old you are, but maybe you should watch some football from the 80's and 90's (my era), where that happened almost every single play, guys made you pay the price if you left yourself open like that. It was just part of the game and i loved it. Nobody complained about it either. It was more brutal in the 70's and 60's. This is a sport for men.....well.....at least it used to be. ---------------------------- Yeah.. That. Was also before they had any real idea about the long term effects of repeated concussions. Are you such a bloodthirsty moron that you don't care if someone spends their latter years as a drooling lump of flesh, as long as you get your enjoyment from your "sport for men"? You can be tough and physical without hitting someone in the head, period. Hitting someone in the head can cause brain damage. Explain now, please, how you can possibly justify Harrison's repeated blows to the heads of other players?



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:33 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I guess the moniker tells it all! this ISNT the 80's, 90's or 50's and the rules and equipment not to mention the players have changes drmaticaly. I dont agree with many of the things Goodell does but lets face it concussions are a serious problem. just take a look at the real star in your city, Crosby, and his career may be over.
get a grip jack tatum was a dinosaur and this is 2012 !!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:29 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Ya its sad alright,  Enjoy your day off and 250.000 fine...He launched his whole body head 1st into a quarterback ......Hello...idiot



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:25 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Ravenwood - "Harrison clearly leads with his head into McCoys facemask, in an attempt to injure him"

I dont know how old you are, but maybe you should watch some football from the 80's and 90's (my era), where that happened almost every single play, guys made you pay the price if you left yourself open like that. It was just part of the game and i loved it. Nobody complained about it either. It was more brutal in the 70's and 60's. This is a sport for men.....well.....at least it used to be.



Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:20 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

call it "hard-nose" football or whatever else you can think of to make it sound cool...he aimed for the head and led with his head...he must be Suh's idol!



Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:17 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Great response.  The issue here is Harrison.  He is the common denominator in these viscious hits.  The NFL needs to make an example of a "repeat offender ", and suspend him.  The only way to hurt Harrsion is in his wallet.  If I was Big Ben I would pull Harrison aside and tell him to cool it because eventually a team is gona get tired of their quarterback getting hurt by Harrison and they are going to put a bounty out on Rothlisberger.



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:16 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I loved the hit.  If the NFL wants to eliminate helmet to helmet, then get rid of the helmets.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:06 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I don't think most of us on this blog have ever played football in the NFL, maybe some pop warner, high school, and college.  If you played college ball and thought the speed of the game was fast just think about how fast the NFL is.  Some of these so-called "hits" happen so fast and in a split second there's just no way for a defender to not get flagged and fined.  Although Harrison's hit looked brutal keep in mind this was like a full grown pit bull verses a dash hound.  I don't see anybody complaining when a FS gets a full sprit to the line of scrimmage to try to crush a RB out of the backfield.  Nobody flags that.  But as soon as these pansy QBs get their jersey dirty (Brady, Rodgers, Breeze) there are penalties.  Lesson for McCoy, if you look like you are going to run, you are a RB and you'll be treated as such. 

This is a grown man sport.  If you don't like it, go back to Texas.


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