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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
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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: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

James Harrison is a thug and should be suspended for at least one game and maybe two.  What doesn't this guy get about helmet to helmet hits being dangerous and against the rules of the game?  He is either too stupid to understand the rules or just doesn't care if he permanently injures another player (and I'm guessing the latter).  The guy is a repeat offender and should pay dearly for this one.  If a one game suspension is what the league lays down, then he should get a $50-$75K fine on top of that as well.  Play the game right or go find another profession you thug!



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

That a great football hit.  Pure and simple.  Beautiful.  



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

All you dumbass Steeler haters need to get off your high and mighty soapboxes and see what's really going on. Saying that Harrison is some evil monster that head hunts is just ridiculous. EVERY defensive player in the league tries to hurt the other team's players, IT'S THEIR JOB. Don't come off as if all the players on your favorite teams are oh so clean and nice and friendly. Get real. It's football! Or, it used to be. They all do it. It's just that Harrison has become a target. The officials have been told to flag him no matter what. I wouldn't be surprised if he just retires after the season. And I wouldn't blame him. Football is just a business. And the league wants to put out the best product. Which equals lots of points, which means they need good QB's. So, now it's basically illegal to hit a QB, EVEN IF HE BEGINS TO RUN. The hit on Mendenhall was much more violent than the Harrison hit. But guess what, the league doesn't give a shit about RB's because they're easily replaced. It's about money, plain and simple. Casserly and all the other douchebag talking heads need to go fuck themselves. They want to make headlines and the best way to do that is to villainize a guy and side with Goodell and his regime. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Papajon,
  Disagree. You are as goofy as Goodell. Suh's action was after the whistle. He stomped on a player that was on the ground. Use your head, you know that lump about three feet above your butt.  



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Harrison didnt step on the guy's Head like Suh...  WTF? Its football..  To me he(Colt) is just like any other player especially since he was running and was way out of the pocket.  Dont compare harrison to Suh.  What suh did was freakin dirty.. What James Harrison did was play the game of football. 



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Let me guess you either never played football or you was a QB? But you have a right to your opinion and we have a right call you every name that we can think of. I think my fellow Steeler fans done that so I guess I'll just sit back and laugh at you for thinking you and your harsh words would hurt us. oh you hurt our feeling jtexas cry,cry,cry!!!



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

2 games, just like Suh.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Best hit of the year?

I think it was a wonderful hit I loved it. To me that was the hit of the year. Everyone loved it, loved it and if you don't like hard hits maybe you shouldn't watch the NFL. I've been hit that hard on kickoffs before I mean blind sided but life goes on in football. James just gets a bad rap because the NFL wants him to be the bad guy. Yeah the NFL is saying fine this, suspend that. But I would bet with the publicity that hit gained him and the NFL's good guy, bad guy game old Roger is lining Harrison's pockets as well as his own. Look everyone is talking about it you can't (BUY) Publicity like that. Way to go James you can't help Colts a short person I know you didn't mean to hurt him. Laughing



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Sitting her listening to your bitch ass comments Makes me wonder how you were a dale fan. Your about as pussy as they come.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Horsenecktie,

   Are you kidding me. Running backs get lite up in every game every week..  Those head to head hits are not considerd illegal. Again, sir Goodell is a fraud. He does not apply his golden rules to every player in every situation. Thers is no consistency. And the same can be said for penalty's. He should get his house in order regarding all aspects of the game. Not just insituations involving qb's and wr's. Or maybe the NFL should just cut to the chase and change the league to flag football.


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