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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: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:26 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

steeler fans step away... just like you are pointing out the numerous illegal hits by others you need to look in the mirror ! this guy is a repeat offender who just doesnt get it! due to the fact there were other hits that went unpunished, harrison got caught and will now py the price. He, just like Suh, have put themselves in a position where officials and the league look for an opportunity to punish them further. Unfortunately, they dont get it and will pay the price. if you are a repeat DUI offender the police know you, your habits and unfortunately if you dont get it they will continue to try and help you learn, via the crow bar hotel... stop whining and face it that this guy should shut up, play smart and showcase his talent!



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:18 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

The problem is that there were dozens of helmet to helmt hits in every single game yesterday.  You can't have a gray area and only fine a few guys.  I watched a HUGE hit in the Skins Pats game that made the crowd roar and the anouncers say wow, it was 100% leading with the helmet.  The offensive player, though, was a running back, so it's ok.  Hypocrits.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:00 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

two peas in a pod... one is young and hasnt grown up yet, the other a REPEAT offender. Suh got 2 games and steelers fans dont be surprised if Harrison doesnt get 2 also. I dont agree with all the recent rulings, additional fines and league interference but the cold hard reality is that the sport is changing and too many players are getting seriously injured. All sports are evolving and so must the players. At some point one of your or someone else's favorite player is going to be seriously injured or worse. This clearly was a case of leading with the helmet and at some point Harrison will learn his lesson, just like Suh and if they dont they will be lighter in the pocket. I personally think they both are 2 dynamic ALL PRO defensive players, but need to adapt to the new NFL.



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:58 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I absolutely hate what the NFL is becoming and I will not be on board much longer. McCoy was a runner with the ball tucked....What if he pump faked? Is Harrison supposed to let him go? And I am sick and tired of hearing "leading with the head" The last time I checked the Head is infront of the shoulders and it is impossible to lead with anything but your head unless you turn around and lead with your butt.....thats how you will have to tackle next as fruity as this league is getting....



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:50 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFuoY0Tw-VI&feature=related

Another by Lewis.. which makes him a multiple game offender.  Who wants to be a hypocrit? 



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:48 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmyhcozGRr4

Ray Lewis on the same kind of thing right here.    Outrage?  or is it more anti-steeler bias?



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:36 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

The title of the blog is misleading at best.  To present someone's opinion as fact is wrong. I like Charlie Casserly alot and respect what he does but don't title the blog this way.

Even as a Steelrs fan, I wouldn't mind seeing Harrison suspended for a game. He's been quiet this year for the most part but this kind of hit has been an issue for him.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:22 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Sorry Steelers' fans - look at the picture above and there is absolutly NO way that young Mr. Harrison deserves to avoid a suspension!!  He is leading with the head yet again !!!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:19 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

There is no reason for a suspension. McCoy was running out fo the pocket at the time. There should be no discussion, unless you are a racist.



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:14 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

 He was leading with his helmet....maybe they should make him play without his helmet....clearly he does not use it the right way! He used it as a wepon! Play by the rules or deal with the consequencea.....But either way, Harrison needs to stop complaining like a child!


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