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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: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

I agree! Your absolutely right, it was a legal hit. Hebprobably won't even get a fine.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Not legal at all,,he lowered his head and hit McCoy in the helmet,,not legal,,,If he hits him in the ribs, or the torso somehow,,perfectly legal and a great hit..Harrison is a punk plain and simple,,he is a headhunter, you can hit a guy, hard with your shoulder pads and not draw the wrath and ire of the Commissioners office.  Sad that he feels he has to play this way. 



Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

It was not a legal hit. The QB was still behind the line of scrimmage, the ball has been released and it was a helmut to helmut hit. The QB is still afforded protection in that situation making the hit illegal. Check the rule book. It was a cheap shot intened to stop a Cleveland drive when they were about to score in a close game. The Steelers want home field in the playoffs and taking out the opposing QB is a way to get there. He's repeat offender, needs to get benched for a week and learn how to tackle without using his head.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Harrison is just a good tough player. He makes exceptional tackles. Sometimes, players get hurt because he hits hard. This is the NFL, not little league!



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Colt McCoy commited to the run as Harrison charged toward him; McCoy pulled up and threw the ball, dipped down and was hit by a shorter player. No fine justified in this case.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

You obviously must be a Stiller fan. The man makes Suh look like a saint by comparison


this is a joke right? harrison doesnt go around yelling "get the cart!" when matt ryan is rolling on the ground, he also doesnt kick people on the ground after plays. all of harrisons fines are between the whistles



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

No, I'm a Patriots fan. It was a legal and really great hit!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

You obviously must be a Stiller fan. The man makes Suh look like a saint by comparison



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

Whitebread,
    No he is not a thug. What purists like you really want is to change the game. We should then put red shirts on QB's and Wr's so they never get hit. Every play must be judged and viewed individually because the circumstances are not the same.  The problem with this particulr play is that Colt was running out of the pocket with the ball tucked under his arm as a running back. You cannot expect the defender to know what the qb was going to do. most qb's would slide in that situation to avoid the hit.   


I suppose it's just a coincidence that James Harrison is always hitting people in the helmet, given out multiple concussions to opponents, and was quoted as saying "I'm out there to hurt people."???? That dude is a dirty player and everyone knows it. Keep suspending him until  he figures it out.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Report: James Harrison could face suspension

AbSolutely. It was a legal and well timed hit. I would be surprised if he even gets a fine.


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