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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: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:21 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Colt McCoy was talking with Harrison after the play. The reality is Colt McCoy was looking like a runner to the last second and then her threw the ball. I even thought he was over the line he ran so far.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:17 am
 

I agree with James Harrison

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.




Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:47 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Every time this guy talks all it does is bolter the stereotype that blacks are not the brightest bulbs. James do your race, self, Steelers and humanity a favor. Keep your pie hole shut.




Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:40 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

i did not see the play and have only one thing to say. if u tackle in a manor where ur not leaving urself open to get run over or injured yourself ur head is  going to lead period end it is the closest point to impact u can not help but to lead with the crown its only natural



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:20 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

you can get him to hold the rabbit ears since he doesn't have anyhting welse to do next Monday night.  
So we assume you will not be the one giving the lesson if so there will be no hope for his English getting better lol



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:12 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

" anyhting welse "  hmmm spoken like a true Raven's fan kinda think you were diddleing with more than rabbit ears...just saying



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:06 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

further, following up and in reply to the latest post. im defending harrison because, yes hes a dirty player, but this just shouldnt be the hit/dirty play he gets suspended for. he doesnt lead with the crown of his helmet in this one. i wish theyd suspend him for some other plays instead..



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:06 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

"Knowing I got a penalty, yeah I would have did it differently," .
Maybe during his week off he can stop by the local Elementary school and take a quick English lesson.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:06 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Yes Harrison will get a heavy fine and yes it is wrong on so many levels for it is football a game of attrition....

It just amazes me how so many people have bought into Goodell's version of football.It is even more amazing that anyone believes the helmet to helmet rule is about player saftey.It is about money and nothing more,the leauge is protecting the teams investment in the top paid players on their roster.Starts with qb's(most flagged and fined) then recievers and rb's.
Call me crazy but name me one fine called for a helmet hit on a d or o lineman, fullback, kick protector...ect
You can fill up the blogs about hard hits being right or wrong but myself I will just keep shaking my head and missing the old days and football the way it has and always will be played..keep buying into the Goodell system and the flags will move from the refs pockets to the players hips!  



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:03 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS "STEELERNATION FOR LIFE" KEEP IT UP JUST KEEP PLAYING HARDNOSED JAMES AND DON'T WORRY I'M BEHIND YOU %100 
This is pretty funny.....maybe you can invite James over to your house and you two can watch the Steeler/49ers game together on your 12 inch black and whiteTV. 

you can get him to hold the rabbit ears since he doesn't have anyhting welse to do next Monday night.  




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