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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 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

When alot of these guys started playing football hits like that one on Colt McCoy were praised and put on highlight films as great hits. Now all they get are fines and called dirty. Man how the sport has changed.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Apparently now you cant hit a QB anywhere on the field. Might as well jump out of the way when he scrambles. afterall it used to be that when they took off running they were treated like everyone else. I guess now they should start wearing bright orange jerseys or have flags at their waist so you know they cant be touched at all. What has happened to football. It used to be a contact sport. Now its just a sport for crybabies and wussies. I miss seeing the likes of Ronnie Lott and Steve Atwater cracking guys.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Dude needs to be suspended for a whole season or kicked out of football.  That hit was insane.  Dirty as dirty can get. 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

The NFL needs to put up or shut up here.  He has a track record of "illegal" (based on NFL rules) hits and keeps em coming knowing he will just get a fine.  And a 75k fine for a players who make as much as Harrison or Suh or Clark do is a slap on the wrist.  Multiple game checks on top of a fine like that, as well as knowing you let your team down while you are suspended, would get the point across.  Harrison has routinely shown a blatant disregard for the new rules, whether they are stupid or not, and needs to be punished more severly before he maims someone.  Multiple games will get his attention, as well his teams and other teams attention and maybe this might stop.  

And they should also suspend the trainer for the Browns.  There is no way, none at all, that McCoy passed a concussion test.  All you had to do was watch him on tv and you could see that.  He looked stoned and confused.  





Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I disagree buckeyerich.  Suh doesn't use his helmet to taackle.  A lot of the hit Suh puts on players is not as bad as it looks.  The hit on Cutler last year was BS.  Andy Dalton's hit, Suh wasn't even the first guy in on the tackle.  The stuff Suh did on Thanksgiving was out of line.  Harrison is just down right dirty and is a head hunter.  He can't tackle properly so he uses his helmet as a weapon.  And lastly, GO BLUE!!



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Whether he broke the pocket or not, a helmet-to-helmet hit is I-L-L-E-G-A-L!!  He got flagged last year for hitting the WR coming across the middle for a helmet-to-helmet hit.  I am a Lions fan and Suh's illegal play is hurting the team.  I was glad to see him get a suspension and a fine.  Maybe it'll teach him when to be aggressive and when to turn it off.  Your Steeler team is full of cheap shot players.  Polomalu leads with his "hair" everytime he tackles.  Hines is dirty too.  Harrison will get a suspension and he'll break out his guns and "act" tough.  He can't tackle properly so he has to be cheap and use his empty skull.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Had the hit taken place "One" yard further downfield, there would be no issue. I agree fully with your statement. But, it is only a matter of time until running backs are out limits as well. Teams will adjust and offense will benefit. I saw more personal foul penalties, this weekend, than I have ever seen before. The crackdown is fully underway. You have 3 quarterbacks over 4000 yards passing and probably all three will break Dan Marino's record. With the new officiating, recordbooks should be started anew.




Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

You're supposed to play as if you don't have a helmet on.  No person, without a helmet, would have hit McCoy like Harrison did.  If he doesn't understand that the helmet is for protection and not to be used as a weapon, he shouldn't be playing the game.



Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

You are so correct. Both have become very Dirty players and deserve what they get. Harrison should be suspended 3 games if not the rest of the season. He has did this crap time after time.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Just curious but how does Richard Siemore get a $30k fine with no suspension for punching a player when he got into trouble for that last year and BTW the year before as well. The fine barely got larger and no suspension followed. The presidence has been set. I realize that hits to the head are aplles and oranges, but do we really want our kids to see that after the play is over it is ok to punch someone in the face as long as you don't commit a head to head on the QB?


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