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Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 9:25 am
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Will Harrison's hit on McCoy lead to a suspension? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Linebacker James Harrison, who was fined $100,000 for illegal hits a year ago, is again in the league's crosshairs after leveling Colt McCoy with a helmet-to-helmet hit during Thursday night's Browns-Steelers game. The play left McCoy with a concussion, and the NFL could consider suspending Harrison even though it was his first roughing-the-passer penalty of this season.

On Monday, Harrison said he shouldn't be suspended or fined.

"I don't think it's suspension-worthy," he said after practice, according to the CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder. "I don't think it's worthy of anything, but that's just my own personal thoughts."

On Monday evening, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the sense in Pittsburgh and around the league is that Harrison will be suspended. The ruling is expected Tuesday morning.


Charley Casserly beaks down James Harrison's hard hit on Colt McCoy on Thursday night, which may lead to a possible suspension.

The NFL considered the hit illegal because even though McCoy had tucked the ball to run, and taken five steps before deciding at the last second to throw the ball, he's still considered a quarterback and afforded the rules that protect them. At no time during the play in question was McCoy, in the league's eyes (and according to the rules), considered a runner.

"They didn't even call helmet-to-helmet; they called roughing the passer," Harrison said. "He took off running with it and, at the last second, he like chuck-and-ducked. He tucked the ball and made like he was about to run. So I was going to tackle him."

CBS Sports' Charley Casserly said Sunday that ignorance of the rules wasn't an excuse.

"The league office told [Harrison]: next infraction, escalating discipline, including a possible suspension," Casserly said on The NFL Today. "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."

And then there's this, from Sports Illustrated's Peter King:

“A league source tells me there will be one major mitigating factor in deciding whether to suspend or fine Harrison and that is this: Colt McCoy took five full strides with the ball as a runner, leading Harrison to believe that he could hit him as if he were a running back. I believe he should be only fined and not suspended.”

So would Harrison change anything on the play that left McCoy with a concussion?

"Knowing I got a penalty, yeah I would have did it differently," he said.

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Comments

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

thank



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I think that it was a good hit he never hit his helmet with his helmet what should he do hit him in the knees that would be okey crazy



I truly hope this is sarcasm, hard to tell with some folks on here. If it is not then you have some major issues with your eyesight and need to have it checked ASAP!!




Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Flagrant Fouls?????  Really???  WFT???



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I think the ONLY way the Steelers fans will get a grasp on reality with Harrison is to have it hit home with a player on their own team


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Well he could just step on someone like your boy Suh?      
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Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

come on he did not hit him in the helmet can,t you see he hit him in the chest thats where you are to try to knock the ball out. crazy



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended i

I think that it was a good hit he never hit his helmet with his helmet what should he do hit him in the knees that would be okey crazy



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Tomlin and LeBeau need to sit down and watch some Steel Curtain film from the 70's and learn.  Those Steelers played hard-nosed and physical...but with respect for the game, their opponent and way the game should be played.  Tomlin and LeBeau need to be held accountable for their players.




Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Too bad Crosby's career is over.  He's going to be forced into retirement due to neverending concussions.  As a Red Wing fan, this is good news for us, however, as a hockey fan, this is tragic.  I loved watching him skate and score.  He is one of the best players to have ever played the game.  Too soon for this chapter to be closed for him.




Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

Soon these guys will start learning to wrap up like you're supposed to. You won't get called for helmet to helmet if you wrap your arms around the guy. (even if helmets hit) Ref's want to see that you're trying to tackle a guy, not "HIT" him. Obviously, it'll be a long time for Harrison to learn it. He's a pretty ignorant guy.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Harrison doesn't think he should be suspended

I have no issue with him popping McCoy like he was a running back, but that's not the whole story.  Watch the film and it's OBVIOUS he broke down, dropped the crown of his head down and intentionally planted on on McCoy's bean.  It wasn't like the QB was blazing along at a 4.2 clip, he was jogging at best.  I agree with Harrison and the other (rational) folks who think the QB with the ball IS a running back, and subject to getting hit.  Now here comes the big "BUT"...  BUT Harrison didnt just lay a big tackle on McCoy, he went head hunting.  I think he even knew he'd thrown the ball.  Regardless, he AGAIN is involved in a h-to-h hit and needs a message.  He is either too stupid to understand what he's doing is against the rules or too arrogant to care about the rules. Most likely it's both.  First offense and this is a flag and move on, but for Harrison it needs to be a game or two suspension and then 4 for the next cheap shot.
Also: as a fellow alum Coach Tomlin - get your house cleaned up please. these actions are no longer isolated or infrequent.  The Steelers' tradition deserves better than this.


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