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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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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:52 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Both hits last year(Cribbs,Massoqoui) the offensive players lowered their heads at point of contact causing the helmet to helmet yet Harrison gets blame
I find it interesting that you bring this up and complain about it.  Yet every Steeler fan in the world was calling for a fine on Ray Lewis for helmet to helmet contact with Whines Hard in the second game this year when Hiney left with concussion like symptoms.  Clearly this play was very similar to the one you are defending Harrison for last year.  Ward put his head down to absorb a hit he knew was coming,  Lewis had put his head down to make a shoulder tackle and hit Wards head.  Lewis was fined but not penalized.

Why is it OK for Harrison to do this, but not Lewis?  Same sort of situation, same type of play.  Yet it is OK for Harrison but not Lewis in the eyes of Squealer fans.


Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:44 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

First of all, don't put Harrison and Suh together in the same sentence.  Harrison's fines comes from tackling and Suh's come from kicking and biting and stomping after the play is over.  Harrison plays football; Suh plays chidren's games.
I agree -- don't put Suh and Harrison in the same sentence.  NO PLAYER has missed a single play from a hit delivered by Suh.  Harrison's antics are knocking players out of the game and in some cases, more than one game.  Suh's plays are stupidity, Harrison's plays are malicious and intentional.

Those saying McCoy ducked into the tackle are delusional.  He had just released a PASS.  Harrison continually leads with the crown of his helmet at the head of players.  THAT isn't football.  THAT is trying to injure players.  As I said already -- the league should change the H2H rules -- if someone like Harrison is a repeat offender -- any repeat offender should have to sit out as long as the player they hit.  If the player hit is able to play the next week -- it should be a fine.

Harrison and Steelers fans can cry all they want -- But no one but Harrison is to blame.  The hit on McCoy was blatantly obvious and he deserves what he gets, just like Suh did for his ignorance on Thanksgiving. 

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:42 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Keep football a good tough game. Don't turn it into flag football. In no way, by the rules was this a illegal hit. It was a darn good hit. Keep the excitement in football
By today's rules, this was clearly an illegal hit.  Harrison led with his head and McCoy was not ducking. Harrison thrust himself at him, head first.
For you to even try to deny that just makes you either (1) look like you have no clue, or (2) Just want to be a Harrison apolologist because you happen to be a Steeler fan (which makes you clueless by rote)

It isn't like this is the first time.  Harrison has a reputation for these kind of illegal hits and has even stated that he is on the field to hurt someone.  Now that sort of talk might "fire up" the moron Steeler fans but what it really does is draw attention to Harrison by anyone in a postiion of authority who can scrutinize him closely.  This would make Harrison a moron for drawing such attention to himself.

He must have deep pockets and just not care or he loves making charitable contributions.  Either way, he is a classless idiot who doesn't seem to have the ability to "take a hint" and learn from his mistakes.

The fact that the league office flew Tomlin to New York to explain to him what would or would not be tolerated places a certain amount of culpability on Tomlin for not controlling his team.  Anyone and Everyone in the media, from former referees, players, and general managers to the talking heads have all said this was an illegal hit.

For you, or anyone else, to think otherwise proves you are blinded by your yellow glasses

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:26 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Colt McCoy pulled up.  His trajectory changed.  But hey, Harrison is just a bad guy... he doesn't need to pay attention to the laws of physics.
Exactly. There was no way Harrison could have avoided McCoy; your explanation is also why Harrison is unable to avoid hitting his own teammates, and why his teammates are all out with concussions. It has nothing to do with McCoy being a QB on the opposing team, like most people are suggesting. Harrison regularly hits Rothlisberger like this in practice; it's why Rothlisberger has missed so many games due to concussions.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:15 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Very simple solution which I think will make all sides of the argument happy- from now on, Harrison doesn't wear a helmet. Let him tackle however he wants, since not wearing a helmet he can never be said to be guilty of helmet-to-helmet hits or leading with his helmet. And since Harrison has had difficulty understanding the rules and fines, he won't have to worry about trying to do anything differently.

I see no reason why anybody who calls themselves 'Silverback' would have the least reluctance to do this.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:06 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

You CAN put Suh and Harrison in the same sentence. Suh tries to rip the head off every QB he faces and that's dirty. Harrison aims for the head on damn near every tackle he makes and, yes, that's dirty. Both players need to spend some time on the bench to wake their dumb a$$es up. Maybe Suh will have a different perspective on how to play the game the right way and now it's time to see if Harrison will get it. Either that or I hope somebody chop blocks the moron and rips his knees out. Bet he'd cry about a dirty play then.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:06 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I just love the Steeler fans always crying about getting picked on. It's simple, Harrison cannot follow the rules, so he will be suspended as he should be. Move along, nothing to see here.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:48 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Roger Goodell, instead of doing his job. Was having a question and answer gabfest with fans before the Vikings and the Lions played. Can you believe that he said AGAIN, the league wants to go to 18 games. Talk about beating a dead horse. Hey Roger, Go back to New York, do your job, and then suspend Harrison for at least 1 game, maybe two. You want to talk about a repeat offender. No matter what the fine, Harrison still goes out and leads with the crown of his helmut, right into the facemask of a defenseless QB. I've seen this hit and the others just like it so many times, that I think it's not possible for one player to be so stupid as to keep doing the same thing over and over, and getting fined more each time. Now the hammer will probably come down. That is if Goodell can actually get back to his office and do his job.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:21 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

This will be a major fine and probably a suspension. It was a bad hit, outside the rules, and Harrison has a history. He'll get heavy punishment in a day or two. Watch for it.

Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:21 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Harrison's a dirty headhunter.  I hope they suspend him for more than one game.  

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