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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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Comments

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Still waiting for Green Bay's Woodson to be suspended for punching a Saint player during week one. Green Bay is the darling of the league this year.



Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Yeah right. He's a Stealer. They get everything handed to them on a silver platter. If you think he's dirty you should check out what their QB has done also. GROSS!!! BTW Where is the suspension for the Dream Team Eagles Cole? He ended an OT season after the whistle and away from the play and got only a fine less than that of wearing the wrong color cleats! What the heck NFL?!  




Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I don't agree that the hit was 'dirty'; it was definitely illegal by today's standard, which in my view is not saying much. The league has continually modified rules and policies under the pretense of improving player safety. In my view they're nothing but hypocrites' interested in protecting their revenue. I would agree with many of you in that I'm not impressed with today's style of tackling anyway; leading with the head, torpedoing yourself, always trying to strip a ball instead of tackling. I've always preferred wrapping and driving through the individual with the shoulders instead. I maintain that if you were to show a play to a group of people in real-time speed, most of them would be able to achieve a consensus as to
agree as to whether a hit was late, dirty, intentional, etc. Again, I don't agree with the rules regarding illegal hits, and before everyone piles on, I
recognize I'm a relic in today's era of professional football. I'm glad many of you weren't around to see all of the horrific things that used to happen before the league started to protect us from such violence. I didn't view Harrison's hit on Colt McCoy as being malevolent, particularly considering it occurred in a fraction of a second. I think he's attempted to conform to the rules to the best of his ability, which is to say he still needs to change to be in compliance. But rules being rules, I recognize the league with its tyrannical rule must 'act swiftly' to curtail this behavior (what game is this, oh yeah, it's football, almost forgot) under the guise of 'player safety'. I acknowledge that rules now legislate the legality of a hit; I simply believe they've become too prohibitive with respect to the game and it's becoming more restrictive as time goes on. Couple that with the degradation of officiating, and it's becoming less enjoyable to watch a football game, unless of course one is consumed by FANTASY football. Carry on Emperor Goodell in the interest of player safety.




Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

A good tough hit. I wish the referees would let them play football the way it was meant to be played.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

For those of you calling him a dirty player, I must've missed something.  Did he kick him in the groin? or dribble his head off the turf? or kick him/step on him when the play was over?  Did he hit him after the whistle?  Did he go after his knees?  Did he bite him?  Was McCoy defenseless?  It looked like it was simply a straight up - face to face hard hit.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

It's plAinly a good hit. This is not little league, it's the NFL. These are professional players. They need to play like professionals and quit crying when someone hits them.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Toughrough you're wrong. It ws dirty. A good hit is like the one put on Locker today in the 4th quarter. A good hit was what you see if you watch old video of Ronnie Lott. Get real he did not have to hit him like that.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

It was a very good hit, even though I hate the steelers. Bad call by the referee.



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Bad hit.



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I do not want to hear ONE single NFL player say ONE word about a safety issue in the NFL. Harrison is a dirty player.  Players need to stop it.  Suh got two games, Harrison should be done until playoffs. 


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