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Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:42 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 2:35 pm
Will Harrison's hit on McCoy lead to a suspension? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The big storyline from Thursday's Browns-Steelers game was that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned after suffering a high-ankle sprain and led Pittsburgh to their 10th victory of the season. A subplot that has since taken center stage: James Harrison's fourth quarter helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. CBS Sports NFL insider Charley Casserly said Sunday that "I would not be surprised at all if the league suspended [Harrison] for one game, the cost being $73,500 for one game check."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the NFL is considering suspending Harrison for "one or two games" for the infraction.

Here are Casserly's full remarks on the Harrison situation from Sunday's The NFL Today.

"Let's take a look at the facts: last year he was fined four times with the largest fine being $75,000 which was reduced to $50,000," Casserly told James Brown. "This hit [against McCoy Thursday] is worse than the $75,000 (hit).

"The second thing is, the league office told [Harrison]: next infraction, escalating discipline, including a possible suspension. 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.

"In my opinion," Casserly continued, "I would not be surprised at all if the league suspended him for one game, the cost being $73,500 for one game check. And, in my opinion, if I was doing this, I would absolutely suspend him. Either he doesn't know the rules, or doesn't understand the rules. A stronger message than a fine has to be sent in this situation."

Charley Casserly beaks down James Harrison's hard hit on Colt McCoy on Thursday night, which may lead to a possible suspension.

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Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:23 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Hey man, I love the Steelers, but that was a dirty hit by our current standards.

Harrison is a predatory player.  The question is will football allow this type of activity anymore, and the answer at the moment is no.    

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:14 am

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

There is no reason for a suspension. McCoy was running out fo the pocket at the time. There should be no discussion, unless you are a racist
What total BS this is.  It has nothing to do with being a racist, just about being objective, which you obviously, being a Steeler fan, cannot be.

The fact that McCoy was out of ther pocket has absolutely nothing to do with it. Leading with your helmet to the head of another player is illegal, period. Harrison deserves what he gets

And for everyone out there trying to compare Ray Lewis to Harrison, there is no comparison.  The links being provided fail to say that Lewis has also been fined by the league for these hits, whether they were intentional or not.  The big difference here is that Lewis DOES NOT have a reputation for illegal hits, nor has he ever publicly stated (after being fined) that he is out to intentionally hurt someone.  So it is almost natural that the league would pay attention to someone like Harrison more closely.  He brought attention to himself and now he is paying the price for being stupid.

And all of you Steeler fans out there claiming "Anti Steeler bias", stop your whining.

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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:03 am

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Last but not least remember when I said if Ray's hit would have occurred the same weekend as Harrison, Meriweather and Robinson's it would have been a big fine? I was just kidding. Ray "got himself another one" as this Youtube commentator puts it the same weekend. Ray knocked out of the game with to the head, neck and shoulder area and he the following week with a concussion. 
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Did you watch this replay? Lewis' head NEVER touvhed Edelmans helmet! period!

Edelman's head was in Rays midsection.

Get a grip.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:18 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

for most of Harrison's life playing football, that would have been a great hit. Now it's a dirty play. Why? because quarterbacks are getting soft and the league needs to protect them. Players like Elway, Favre, Bradshaw, Marino all took hits like that and realized it was part of the game. Today's player just doesn't have the nuts that players used to!!!

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:40 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Head into chest.  Correct.  Not head to head.  How can you look at that replay that you posted and say Harrison's trying to stick his helmet into McCoy's chest? I'm all for physical play, but launching yourself helmet first into another player's head is not "clean" football.  If you think it is, you were as dirty as Harrison is.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:06 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Good, they need to suspend him.  Based on the article I just read on ESPN, he doesn't think he did anything wrong.  He's just like Suh, thinks he's getting picked on. Dude, you lead with your crown of your helmet into a guys face and you aimed high, McCoy didn't duck either.  Read Peter Kings article on SI Monday Morning QB and you'll see that the rules for a QB are different than a RB.  Even though he was a runner, the rule states that QB's cannot be hit helmet to helmet at any time. 

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:58 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

According to the rules, a helmet to helmet infraction does not apply to a runner in possession of the ball. When Harrison got set to tackle, McCoy was a ball-carrier. At the very last second McCoy got rid of the football. Harrison was already engaged, it would have been impossible for Harrison to avoid the contact. Look up the rules, then watch the play again, without your Steeler-hater goggles, and you'll see he should not be fined or suspended.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:39 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

@ SuperSerial,   You are an idiot!   Learn the game of football befoe you speak again.  Please!   Its people like you that will ruin the game by buying into what "Dick"tator Goddell is selling. 

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:36 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Look at that and tell me where he lead with his head.  AS WE WERE ALL TAUGHT to lead with your head up and plant your facemask into the guys chest.  McCoy is moving, Harrison is moving, it's a bang-bang play.    

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:34 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Casserly is a dope, he will be proven wrong again. Just ask Bill Belecheck what he thinks of Casserly. Schefter and Mortensen are like Llody Christmas and Harry Dunne. Dictator Goodell will get his $75k from Harrison and the anti-Steeler league office will drone on with random explanations. Officiating is getting worse and while Dicktator Goodell prances around in womens underwear acting out the role of the "new sherriff in town".

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