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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: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I never argue with fools, others might not be able to see the difference.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I don't even see what was wrong with his hit at all.

These lawyers working the NFL front office need to review the laws of physics.  Einstein is turning over in his grave like he is on a BBQ spit.  An object in motion tends to remain in motion.  How are these guys supposed to be able to play with any intensity at all, when you are expecting them to be able to pull back in that brief instant?


James Harrison comes in putting his shoulder pad at stomach level, perfect form, perfect technique, the way linebackers are taught to play, from peewee on up.  When the offensive player cringes at the last second and ducks his head, the unfortunate inevitability of physics plays out-- since Harrison's head is attached on top of his shoulders instead of between his shoulder blades or on his ass, the unavoidable part is that his head is going to make contact with the offensive player's head since it HAS TO BE the most forward part of his body.

It is incidental, and the defensive player will get blamed everytime because OF COURSE they initiated the hit-- that is what they are supposed to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


GODell and his army of lawyers and bureaucrats are ruining the sport, stripping defenses of their ability to PLAY DEFENSE.  All so he can create inflated, high-scoring games to atttract fringe fans with short attention spans.  You can't even hit the receiver after he catches the ball until after he takes 2 steps anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Papajon,
   You are a child. I did not call you a butt. I simply told you to use your head because your reasoning makes no sense. You are similar to Goodell who does not apply the rules of the game consistently to all situatiuons equally to all playersa. Harrison's act is not in any way similar to what Suh did.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I would like to see James Harrison in the Octagon with Goodell for 3  5 minute rounds with the special guest referee Ryan Clark and Suh  ha ha !!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

TribeTimePDX,
   Please go find a sport like jaxs or hop scotch. Those are two activities that no one is sure to get hurt. What are the rules of the game?? I would love to hear your take, Colt was running out of the pocket with the ball tucked under his arm as a running back does when advancing the ball. He decides to pull up and throw. You cannot expect defensive players to guesss what Colt was going to do. If you believe defenders should wait to determine what the QB will do, you might as well put a red shirt on all qb's and not allow defenders to hit them at all. It is what purists like you and Goodell are trying to do anyway.  



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Thanks for the reply gttr440, I now see who the butt is, you'll have to look in the mirror though.



Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

The only thing that would have made Harrison's hit any better was if it was on his on WR Ward!  McCoy was a baby at UT as he was taught by the crybaby Mack Brown and now he is afraid to say how the Browns screwed up checking the extent of his injuries...so his own daddy has to be the whiner.



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Dilodge the football? The football is long gone- It left McCoys hand long ago.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

The standard is that you try to dislodge the football.  IT's always been that way since the sport was created.  Until we got a huge pussy for a comissioner.  



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Most so called helmet to helmet hits happen because the defender is keeping his head up (which he should). Defensive players who put their heads down risk PARALYSIS. Chest to Chest tackling (which is good form) still puts helmets at the same height. Shoulder tackling, leads to broken collar bones and also puts defensive players for head injuries as they have to put their heads down. Roger Goddell is so worried about increasing passing statistics to sell to fringe fans (under the asupices of player protection) that he is puting defensive players at increased risk for serious injury. But no major media outlet will bring this up for fear of losing the NFL.



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