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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 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:09 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

It's hilarious that you ask this question as you cheer on a suspension of Harrison while at the same time cheering on the Ravens hits to the point of hoping they were intentionally trying to cause injury.

You should go back to the standard Bodymore, Murderland tactic of crying about the refs



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:57 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Cry all you want Steelers fan, it was a helmet to helmet hit.  Blatant or accidental, I don't know.  Given his history, the league will err towards the former not the later, and will most likely issue a suspension.



Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:36 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Harrison has, through 13 weeks until this, not been fined. So he has changed and tried to play by the new "soft" rules. If he weren't, he'd have been fined MULTIPLE times by week 13. The McCoy his was split-second hit on a QB who was "playing" with the fact WILL I RUN OR WILL I PASS until the last second to try to confuse (understandably) Harrison. To call this hit blatant because a very extremely powerful man made it look devastating, is wrong.




Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:27 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

didn t know retards can type

 




Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:22 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Wrong.  I was at the game and there was a flag on Ngata's hit to Roethlisburgers nose.  There was also a flag on McLains hit of Heath Miller (he was also fined)  Suggs, i don't remember

No you are dude.   No flag on ANY of them.   The Commish sees what he wants to see.   Frankly, I think this suspension talk by the league office is Goodell using this ONE hit by harrison ALL FLIPPING YEAR as an excuse to punish him for talk during the offseason about how he wouldn't piss on him to put him out if he was on fire.    I wouldn't either either.. he is ruining the NFL and wanting to ship it overseas when it FAILED there with NFL europe.   It the same as saying ok.. do better in your job because you're not meeting expectations and you try and you do... all year long.. then when you forget for one instant and make a mistake it's like none of what you did previously to change your style matters.  It's total hypocrisy and favoritism.   Your Ravens are a pretty dirty team yet since the steelers are more relevant each year and basically thumbing their noses at the nfl's leader guess who gets the pink slip and more notice by officials with everything they do.  Travesty.   Saw a hit on rodgers during the GB game that was worse than what Harrison did by a raider and nothing there either... where is the outrage??! 



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:04 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

This is football baby.  I hope Harrison knocks out every raven the next time the ravens meet my Steelers.  I hope Harrison continues to play tough football.  If McCoy didn't want to be hit, stay in the pocket or throw the ball away.  Otherwise, tough sh&t.  Suh stopmed on a guy.  That's wrong.  Harrison tackled a QB.  Nothing wrong with that.  The media conjured up this "using the helmet as a weapon" bull sh&t.   I love the brutality.  It's why I watch and it's why many (probably most people watch.  It's a tough game played by tough men.  Always has been until now.  Too bad it's a tough game governed by a pu$$y these days.  



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:57 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

That guy will never learn. Harrison is just plain stupid. He deserves what he gets.




Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:56 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Ngata was not flagged, I don't think McClain was either



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:42 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Please review it again. He didn't lead with his head. It's very clear. If anything Colt lowered his head and body into Harrisons.
I think you need to review it.  McCoy did nothing of the sort.  He was staring straight ahead after his pass.  He had hopped right before so his head went lower as gravity took over, but there is no way you actually watched any replays of that play if that is your opinion.  Insane.



Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:14 am
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohmwkWGw-UM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yodC2DAMp74&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvyEJvB0SEM


2 hits to the face of a QB without a flag and one on a defenseless receiver = no flag for any of them.   You suspend harrison for this and let these go unfined and unflagged that's hypocrisy at it's finest
Wrong.  I was at the game and there was a flag on Ngata's hit to Roethlisburgers nose.  There was also a flag on McLains hit of Heath Miller (he was also fined)  Suggs, i don't remember.

The fact is that none of these players have a reputation like Harrisons for being a cheap shot artist who has bragged about it and stated he wants to hurt people.

I also don't think Ngata was intentionally trying to hit Rothlisberger (although I hope he was)


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