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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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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:59 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

and yet the hot chris gocong put on m,endhall was praised, as this is what is wrong with the rule, the hit gocong put on mendhall that is leagl becuase mendhall is a runner, even thouhg gocong led with his helmet, and it really the brown staff that should be fined, becuase they blatantly ignorened the protocol, as they didn't even test for conucssion, they checked his hand.  It was a helmet to helmet hit, and then even in the postgame he said, how'd we lose the game



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:52 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Harrison is going to get what he deserves, at least one game on the pine. He has a long history of flagrant fouls. The league uses fines as a deterrent. It seems as though that's not working. So suspend him. Fo all the people defending Harrison, ask yourself one question, why does Harrison always use the crown of his helmut? The only answer, is because he's actually trying to hurt whoever he's hitting. Usually QB's that have no way of avoiding the hit. The kind of hits where he's running full speed, hitting a QB in the head who is 20-30 lbs lighter.  



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:52 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

bakerburgh - all caps...really...

gadawgsfan - really, suspending him for the rest of the year? (right i know its just 3 games) with a future hit giving him a lifetime ban? seems a bit extreme...

im not a steelers fan (im a bengals fan), and i actually dont like james harrison. but aside from wrapping up, im not sure how else harrison is supposed to make a better tackle. he actually softens the blow to the head by shoving with his arms.  he sees mccoy scrambling, commits to tackling, and then mccoy just pulls up and opens himself up to be hit.  further, i think harrison catches too much of mccoys facemask, and mccoy might actually be concussed after his head hits the ground. but then again im far from a concussion specialist, just my two cents.

 



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:50 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

To all the Steelers fans whining and defending Harrison and talking about how everyone that wants Harrison fined is a sissy, need to have a reality check and shut their mouths. Trying to hurt another player in such a way that it gives them brain damage is F'ed up. Harrison is a greasy slime ball that won't take a hint. I've seen him have legit hits, but when he lowers his head and targets another players head, it's sickening. I'm all for massive hits, but not to the point where it leaves them concussed. Steelers fans need to realize that Harrison is dirty. The truly sad thing about it is that he is on a team with monsterous players that lay people out, but do it cleanely. He needs to learn from Troy Polomalu. That man knows how to tackle, and has never had problems with being dirty. Harrison needs to take a page out of Troy's book. That's a man that is deadly without having to go for someones head. 



Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:34 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

What everyone is forgetting...mainly crybaby Steeler fans...is that Harrison has a history of these hits.  He's been told time and time again to clean it up.  And now that he's facing a suspension, he has some remorse.  Don't get me wrong, I like the guy.  He's one hell of a LB, but hitting defensless players the way he does needs to stop.  He's been told too many times.  Maybe now he understands...and from his words, maybe he does...now.  With this hit, and his history, I agree on a 1 game suspension and a heavy fine.  Or maybe if he actually hits someone again in that manner and breaks the guys neck or worse...maybe he'll feel betting having to deal with something for the rest of his life knowing he could have chosen not to hit this way, but instead someone is paralyzed from the neck down cause of him.  He doesn't want that on his conscience.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:26 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

And I agree with Harrison.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:24 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I long for the days when hits like Mike Singletary taking off Gary Hogebooms head when he was on his knees were allowed. Harrison's hit was not for the faint of heart. After all it is football. I love hard hitters. All these rules are for the Girls of the game and for the Commissioner who is the leader of Women. It is ridiculous. You get paid to play the game, a lot of money, mind you. Quit crying and be men. Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert, Mean Joe Green, Deacon Jones, Conrad Dobler, etc, etc. would all be under the leagues scrutiny forever. They were great and ruthless. Call me what you want. But this is becoming a game to protect sissies.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:20 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

HELL NO HE SHOULDN'T BE SUSPENDED!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS FU***** FOOTBALL AND FOR ALL THE SISIFIED LITTLE GIRLS WHO'VE NEVER PLAY A DOWN OF FOOTBALL IN THEIR LIFE SHOULD JUST SIT BACK AND JUST KEEP QUITE. THE STEELERS PLAY FOOTBALL THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED HARDNOSED. FOOTBALL IS VIOLENT PEOPLE BUT THE LEAGUE NEEDS TO TAKE THE SKIRTS OFF THESE QBS AND JUST LET THEM PLAY FOOTBALL. IN PARTING HARRISON IS SHORTER THAN 97% OF THE QBS IN THE LEAGUE SO WHEN HE COMES IN TO MAKE A HIT HIS HEAD IS AT THEIR FACE AND CHIN . 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   



Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:18 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Your an idiot tiaz- this nimnoid is a dirty player out there on the field to hurt people- thats not what the NFL is about. The NFL has quality ballteams and quality ball players, but Harrison isn't one of them. He should be suspended for the rest of the season without pay and fined to boot and warned the next infraction will be a permanent ban from the NFL. And if you has any sense at all you wouldn't be defending this pathetic DA. 



Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:14 am
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Just 2 games- your right he has been warned over and over- he needs to be suspended for the rest of this year (including playoffs) and fined big time and warned that if tis happens again he will be banned from the NFL for good.


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