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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: May 12, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:52 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

He should be neither fined nor suspended. This whole controversy is being blown out of proportion by a media looking for a story. The hit itself was fine, McCoy got what he deserved for being an idiot. He ran straight at a man considerably bigger and stronger than himself, deliberately held the ball until the last second to give the impression he was running, then ducked his head at the moment of impact and put his chin right on Harrison's helmet. Harrison didn't launch, he didn't have to. McCoy ran into him! The little boy QB ran right into the grown man LB and bounced off like a rag doll. He's incredibly lucky that he only got his bell rung. Harrison put his facemask right on McCoy's chest (as he should) and McCoy ducked his chin into the path of the helmet. The fault does not lie with Harrison, but you may rest assured the league will dump on him like a load of bricks because with all the weeping and wailing from the media they dare not do anything else. Yes I'm a Steeler fan and I have been one since 1972.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:15 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

The NFL needs to look out for player safety UP TO A POINT. It's become almost impossible to tackle certain babied QBs without being penalized. McCoy is one of the babied ones. I guess they remember what happened to him his last UT game when Marcell Dareus hit him in the BCS game...

THIS IS NFL FOOTBALL! People hit people - hard. They get millions as quarterbacks to go out there and play and they should know they just might get hammered sometimes. It's what the defense is supposed to do.

Seriously, it's a double standard. The same hit on Big Ben, Vick, Tebow, or even Romo would have been ignored UNLESS it was Harrison. 



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 5:24 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

WOW really grow up or just plain ole man up!In NO way do you speak for the Steelers or humanity the only "stereotype" in this comment is a bigot...man up or rather stay silent...skinhead post are just are on another site and just food for thought not any sport site lol

Spoken like all the Steelers fans we see is that Pit of a city, Dark and stupid. When you learn something more then vowels and syllables get back to me. Until then may that thug gorilla (in looks and beyond) get banned from the league.



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:59 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

really wake up people !!! When i saw the clip on tv it was pretty obvious that he was head hunting and wanted to hurt him.....He could have hit him in the chest with a pretty good blow and we all know this guy can hit but he did not do that now did he ???????? Yell



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:35 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

"If you can't play the game right..."

Wow, this coming from a Buckeye fan, the biggest cheaters in the history of college football. And what do they do when they lose their head coordinator of cheating? Go out and hire another one just like him. Learn to win honest, Suckeye scum, and quit hypocritically demonizing James Harrison. Columbus is full of criminals. 



Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:16 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

"At no time during the play in question was McCoy, in the league's eyes (and according to the rules), considered a runner."

This is not a problem with Harrison, it is a problem with the NFL.  They've now got Tom Brady rules and Carson Palmer rules and probably half a dozen other rules that pretty much put the red practice jersey on the QBs during the actual games.  If that's the way they really want it, maybe they need to outlaw the QB sneak, or make it a penalty for the QB to leave the pocket as well.  Although it is funny that this kind of thing happens all the time to Big Ben or Michael Vick and nobody says a word about it, because those guys are expected to run.  I wonder which camp Tebow will fall into, since he plays like a scrambling QB but has the media darling status of Brady.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:00 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I don't think James Harrison should be fined or suspended because Colt McCoy was outside the pocket running then at the last moment threw the ball. Okay what was Harrison suppose to do pull up and let him run for a first down because he is a Quarterback? If that was Michael Vick or Ben we wouldn't even be having this conversation. I understand that James lowered his head but maybe he was afraid McCoy would hurt him. Okay that's stupid but damn it I'm tired of this crap is this football or what. If Colt seen James coming maybe he should of let up cause I know I would of, when I knew a warrior was coming at me full speed. So I think it's all Colt's fault for not knowing what was going to happen. It's like saying I see that train coming but I can beat it with my ford fusion, come on man it's all McCoy's fault for challenging Harrison. This whole thing makes me sick and of course James is the goat and Colt is the ass for being stupid enough to challenge him. I know the warrior who stands for DEFENSE will get fined and probably suspended but I also know it's (WRONG) why not just let the offense score everytime they touch the ball. How dare a defensive player hit an offensive player hard. 

What kinda retard are you bro? Are you kidding me he deserves to be kicked out for this. They've told him time and time again it don't matter if the qb is running or not. It's a simple process DON'T GO FOR THE F******* HEAD!!!!!. He lines up helmet to helmet every time and i say he should be benched for the season for such dirty tactics. Maybe even forced to retire.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:55 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

after saying this i think the nfl should just ban james harrisson for life. If you can't play the game right as we all know alf of the steelers can't, then don't play it. He is the dirtiest s.o.b. in football and should be kicked out of the nfl



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:31 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

WOW really grow up or just plain ole man up!In NO way do you speak for the Steelers or humanity the only "stereotype" in this comment is a bigot...man up or rather stay silent...skinhead post are just are on another site and just food for thought not any sport site lol



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:29 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

WOW really grow up or just plain ole man up!In NO way do you speak for the Steelers or humanity the only "stereotype" in this comment is a bigot...man up or rather stay silent...skinhead post are just are on another site and just food for thought not any sport site lol


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