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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: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:32 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.

As far as the hit, once the QB leaves the pocket and starts running, he doesn't get the same level of protection as he does in a typical in the pocket scenario.  RB's get absolutely zero protection in the rules; you can jack up a RB in the head full-speed and nothing will get called - when a QB is running to the sidelines, he's the same as a RB throwing on a half-back option.  I saw nothing wrong with the hit at all, but I knew it would be a fine and suspension because, just like Rodman in the NBA, the league hates Harrison and will give him double punishment for the same thing that a guy like Ray lewis would get.  The hit Lewis stuck on Ward was textbook helmet to helmet on a defenseles receiver, yet no penalty.  Goodell can be as biased as he wants, because he's in charge.  Harrison could pull a flag out of a guy's pocket and he would be fined $25,000 for pulling it too aggressively.  It's all a mockery to the true game of football.  

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:31 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Seriously people stop saying that McCoy put his head down or the play.  He just finished throwing the ball and he was upright with his head up.  There is no reason to have to hit any player who is upright, let alone a QB, in the head with your helmet to take him's just simple physics.  Wow, people on these forums can be so stupid...

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:29 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Harrison is an idiot.  Can you fine or suspend someone for being so stupid?  What is it going to take to get this guy to tackle using his shoulderpads and not launch himself head first into another player's head?  I think Goodell should start handing down significant fines to the Steeler franchise and suspending the coaching staff.  Only then will Harrison learn to tackle within the rules.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:26 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.

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:11 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Equal treatment for steelers, nope! Just another case of being under the microscope, same game Chris Gocong of the Browns clobbers Mendenhall helmet to helmet on goal line, no penalty,no fine. 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, offensive players fold over and lower the head to prepare for contact yet James gets fines, lets fine Cribbs and massoqoui for causing the helmet to helmet! Steelers vs Ravens, Ray Lewis clearly helmet to helmet clobbers Hines Ward, yet no flag, Ryan Clark has a clean hit on a receiver, 15 yard penalty and extends a Ravens drive. The League needs to watch the rest of the league and quit telling officials to police the Steelers differently, your right, it is getting ridiculous! The offensive players lowering their heads are gonna get hurt. Cedric Benson routinely lunges head first initiating contact without penalty or fine, why the negative bias towards defense and the Steelers. go watch the tapes of lat years Steelers Browns game and open your eyes and see the truth! Roger Goodell is a crook just as James Harrison said! Nothing but Steelers haters!

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:01 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Actually, check again. Running backs get hit helmet to helmet all the time. They're not protected under the rules. The rules only protect QBs and "defenseless receivers" - meaning any receiver catching a ball. Don't worry though. Only a matter of time before they protect running backs and outlaw tackling though.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:59 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Harrison is so stupid. To make a remark that the QB was out of the pocket so he could be considered a running back. Last time I checked you couldn't hit anyone in the head. The NFL should suspend him for the rest of the season and fine the Steelers as well. THEN, they might get it. This guy is going to seriuosly hurt somebady and I know that football is a rough sport but nobody should get this many chances.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:59 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Really good idea, let's suspend someone for tackling. Who wants to watch QBs throw balls to receivers, have it catch it and then just walk into the endzone? I sure hope that's what the NFL is looking for, cause that's where this stuff is headed. Tackling = bad. Points = Good. Football now = sucks.

Since: Dec 25, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:45 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

The NFL will look at the hit Steelers outside linebacker  made on  that briefly knocked the Browns quarterback out of Thursday night's game, and the punishment could result in a suspension, according to a report by the NFL Network.

Harrison was drew a 15-yard penalty for leading with the crown of his helmet into the facemask area. McCoy returned to the game a few plays later, but displayed concussion symptoms in the locker room after the game.

Harrison was fined a total of $125,000 for illegal hits last season, and at one point threatened to retire. He clearly did not agree with the penalty he drew against Cleveland.

"From what I understand, once the quarterback leaves the pocket, he's considered a runner," Harrison said. "All the defenseless(ness) and liberties that a quarterback has in the pocket are gone and you can tackle him just as he's a running back. The hit wasn't late, so I really don't understand why it was called."

Harrison also sacked McCoy on the first play after the quarterback returned to the game.
 I think Harrison should get suspened. I think the NFL needs to do a punishment that each time the do hits to the head. Up the suspension for each time. Like 2 games for the first time, 4 games for the second time and for the season the third time. I think that will stop Harrison and Suh from acting out.

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:11 pm

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

AlHunter, you're right I didn't play football. HOWEVER, whether it was helmet-to-helmet or not Harrison was going to spear McCoy cause the IDIOT can't figure out how to tackle without putting his bullet head in first. James Harrison has been warned too many times. Frankly the NFL is a travesty for letting him potentially maim star athletes as long as he has.

Oh, and incidently, the "old Steel Curtain guys" played in another era. Please don't soil their legacy by dragging thug Harrison into that bunch.

One more thing, mister Goodell, what is up with this "might suspend?" Can't you milk out these ratings any longer, or you just have a hard time making an easy decision to bench this thug?

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