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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: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Damn after reading these comments I've come to the conclusion that a lot of you are clueless about football. Just a bunch of ignorant Steelers fans. It has nothing to do with Colt McCoy running at him, or it happened all so quickly. Your all missing the big picture, James Harrison lowered his head and hit him with the top of his helmet. In football you can't do that, it is against the rules. Period. End of discussion..



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Tommy, Harrison is one of the best. Review the stats. He's a tough player. This is professional football and to make calls on every single hit is getting ridiculous. It will be flag football before long.



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

James Harrison is a dirty player....and it is surprising that you don't acknowlege it. Suspend him for the season and the playoffs!!!



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I agree spartacus. Great hit, bad call.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Have to agree with the last comment from blugrasteelrfan- McCoy practically attacked Harrison. If anyone deserves to be fined and/or suspended, it's McCoy. He went completely out of his way to launch his chin at the top of Harrison's helmet. The evidence is even more damning in that the field is 50 yards wide and he could have run to other side of the field, where Harrison wasn't playing, yet he did not. This tells you that all along McCoy was looking to get his blood all over the Harrison' uniform. Probably he (McCoy) is just jealous because he doesn't play for the Steelers, just like all the other players who have attacked Harrison's helmet in the last couple years.





Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Keep football a good tough game. Don't turn it into flag football. In no way, by the rules was this a illegal hit. It was a darn good hit. Keep the excitement in football.



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Give me a break! That was not a ""vicious" hit. For cryin out loud, McCoy ran into Harrison! I think Harrison was probabbly the most surprised person in the place. He didn't launch, he was practically standing still when they collided, McCoy just bounced off! If it had been any other Steeler, little more would have been said, but since it's Harrison, everyone is up in arms. Anyone who bothers to watch football would tell you Harrison has been way more reserved in his game play this year. As for this particular hit, Harrison put his facemask on McCoy's chest (just as he should) and McCoy ducked his chin right into it. It's not Harrison's fault that the Browns have a little kid playing QB.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I've been a Steelers fan forever, but I wouldn't have a problem with a suspension of a couple of games. These helmet-to-helmet hits have to stop. It could easily be Ben, or Mike Wallace next time. i understand that these type of hits are difficult to avoid at times due to the speed of the game, but James has been warned & fined repeatedly and he has to exercise more control. Yes, this used to be "Steeler football" and we all loved it...it brought us titles...but the rules have changed and James, Suh and the other repeat offenders have to learn to control these hits better. The athletes have gotten too big and too fast to allow helmet-to-helmet hits like this. Someone is eventually going to be killed on the field.    



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Papjon,
   The only thing I know is that you are capabale of using a dictionary. How long did that research project take you to complete? In the mean time you lost touch with the subsatnce of the issue at hand.  You proved my point. You are "arguing" to prove a point while everyone else is discussing the issue at hand. Your opinion whether you use a dictionary or not does not make your opinion factual. I could care less about what you are in favor of because your reasoning is distorted, period.  Suh's action of stomping on a player, after the whistle is blown is a completely different situation than Harrison's hit. Get it?  Go look that one up.  



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

It appeared to me, after watching the replay several times, that Harrison attempted to hold up, it was more McCoys momentum carrying him into Harrison than vice versa



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