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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: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Sitting here reading Steeler fans comments cements my idea that Steeler fans are stupid. You Steeler fans going to cheer when Harrison breaks someones neck and kills them using his helmet as a weapon????
Yeah - we hopes it you , you fucking pussy!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Elcher34
  You havwe no idea what you are talking about. Please review the violent hit Gocong put on Mendenhall during the goal line stand in Thursday's game with Cleveland. Is Menenhall somehow a second class player or do we just not care about running backs who get lite up. It was by far the most violent hit of the game. Helmet to helmet. Yet purists like you and Goodell just don't care about "complete" player safety. Just safety related to qb's and wr's because they are the high flying important part of football to make the game exciting. The commissioner is a fraud to somehow say he is converned with player safety. He is only concerned with certain player's safety. Get over it this is the game of football. It is not for the faint of heart.     



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

That was a beautiful hit.  Colt McCoy will think twice next time before he tries to rollout and run with the football.  Great hit.  That's football. 



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Helmet to the face is dirty hit whether it is to a running back, receiver or quarterback. It is a hit with the intention of maiming or killing  a player.

What the old-timers did has nothing to do with today and how the league needs to prevent someone from being killed. Harrison isn't the only player administering dirty hits- however he is their poster boy. Nothing less then suspension  for rest of season. Good riddance.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Sitting here reading Steeler fans comments cements my idea that Steeler fans are stupid. You Steeler fans going to cheer when Harrison breaks someones neck and kills them using his helmet as a weapon?????



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Harrison should know the rules by now. Leading with the helmet to make a tackle is not just a violation of the rules but pure stupidity. A tackle is made with the shoulders and the arms, not with the head.  If Harrisons arms would have been out in a direction showing he was trying to make a tackle then maybe someone would stand a chance saying it was not intentional, but he was not extending the arms to make a tackle, he launched himself like a missle to try and inflict dammage.  Guilty as charged,suspend the dork a few games and see if maybe the stupidity that hangs in his head will leave, highly doubtful though, he is just ingnorant and needs to be banned from pro football.




Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

If the born again idiot commissioner suspends Harrison, he will have come a long way in his short term goal of hurting the Steeler's Super Bowl chances and in the long run the ruination of the NFL. My question is , why do they bother to play the games at all?  They should emulate baseball and simply designate the Big Market teams as playoff contenders and anoint either NY, NE, Chicago, or Houston champion. Injuries would go down 90%.  Please, God-dell resign now!



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

SteelCurtain, how can anybody take you seriously when you are a Steelers fan who acts like that hit was nothing at all.  The NFL wants to minimize the risk of concussions, and James Harrison wants to increase the risk of concussions.  He is literally trying to end peoples careers.  You should be a little upset with Harrison for repeating the same old behavior that can ultimately hurt the Steelers by having him out of the lineup.  That hit is not what football is about.  It was so intentional, the league has to act.  I'm sure if it had been Suh intentionally trying to end Big Bens career, you wouldn't be saying "quit crying, it's part of football".  It was a garbage play by a garbage human being who happens to be a good football player. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

First of all, he is not the dirtest player in the nfl. He has changed. This incident is his first personal foul this year. And I am sorry that you or Charley do not understand the ambigous way the rules are applied in the NFL. Harrison for one gets held on almost every passing down. Holding is not consistently called in the NFL. And every play situation is not specifically sited in the rules. Colt was running out of the pocket with the ball clearly tucked under his arm as if a running back and in a split second decided to throw the ball. A running back with the ball in that situation would be a non-call. You cannot have it both ways. And I am sure fat boy Charley or you would not be able to hold up immediutaly in a real time situation. We are asking the impossible of defenders in certain situations to alter or avoid contact in real time. Most qb's in that situatrion would be sliding to avoid the a hit.  



Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Couldn't agree more. All of this guy's off-season comments, antics and on-field performances show how little he cares for anyone or the rules. Suspend his ass for the season, have him let his team down and then see if that will finally get through to this moron.


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