James Harrison defends Vontaze Burfict's hit on Antonio Brown
You almost never hear a teammate not stick up for his fellow player but James Harrison got a Bengals' player's back.
Just about everyone agrees it was a dirty hit. Except for Brown's own teammate! James Harrison, who has had his share of fines and flags for controversial hits, came to Burfict's defense after the game.
"By rule as they told me when I went down to New York that is a penalty. Personally, I don't think it is because I don't think you can get out of the way fast enough," Harrison said on NFL Network following the game, via FOX Sports.
Harrison also added Burfict can be "a little bit out of control" but is also "calculated" in how he pushes the line.
Unfortunately for Burfict, part of his calculation in this instance didn't include the 15 yards he would be penalized for hitting Brown and helping to set up the Steelers for a game-winning field goal.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis also attempted to defend the hit, apparently comparing it to other hits he saw on Saturday night.
"He's trying to go over and defend the play," Lewis said. "They deemed that to be a hit to the head and others not today."
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