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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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

He's only considered dirty because they changed the rules.... There was not all of this when he was the Defensive Player of the Year...

75% of the defensive players in the Hall of Fame would be considered dirty if they had to play under the rules of today...  Joe Greene, Butkus, Chuck Bednarik, LT, Ronnie Lott, etc would all be considered dirty with the contact rules to the QB, defenseless receiver and all the other rules put in place to "supposedly" protect the players...

So with Dictactor Goodell in charge of the NFL, defensive players have to learn that the rules pretty much only effect them and how they play...  They either play the game like they have over their whole lives but risk fines/suspensions or they can change....  Its not my $$ but if I were them, I would keep playing the game the way they have their whole lives... The minute they start 2nd guessing things on the field, they will not be the same players...



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

The video on this clearly shows Harrison launching the crown of his helmet, and his entire body, into McCoy's chin, like a boxer's uppercut. This was not an inadvertent hit.  This hit was intended to injure, not just tackle.  I don't think we've ever seen clearer video evidence of this kind of illegal hit. With his previous record, Harrison should be suspended for the duration of the season.  And if Harrison does this one more time next season, he should be banned for life. The game is tough and dangerous enough without allowing psychopaths to play it at this level. 



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Dirtiest player in the game???? It's a part of football. Quit bein such little babies about the hits. Harrison at best should get fined.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Simple.  Suspend him for a playoff game if the Steelers make the playoffs, or a regular season game (next year) if they don't.  That will get his attention (or at least that of the coach).

The Pats were admininstered a sliding scale penalty because of their spying charge.  Why can't the NFL inplement a sliding scale penalty for players based on whether they make the playoffs or not.
 



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Obviously the money didn't deter the dirty hits. What makes you think a suspension from a meaningless late season game- with his team already in playoffs- will be any punishment.
How about he is just done for the season, before he kills someone.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

He should get a game or two off! He's the dirtiest player in the NFL and should get a game or two without pay!


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