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Harrison could appeal, Tomlin 'disappointed'

Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 2:16 pm
If history is any guide, the league is unlikely to overturn Harrison's appeal. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Tuesday, the NFL suspended Steelers linebacker James Harrison for one game after his hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. It was Harrison's first personal-foul penalty of the season, but he was fined $100,000 a year ago for three illegal hits.

James Harrison suspended
Pittsburgh faces San Francisco on Monday night in a game that could determine whether they enter the playoffs with a first-round bye or as a wild-card team. (If the Ravens lose to the Chargers on Sunday, and the Steelers wins its three remaining games -- against San Francisco, St. Louis and Cleveland -- then they would win the AFC North.) 

Harrison can appeal the NFL's ruling, but based on head coach Mike Tomlin's comments Tuesday afternoon, the team is planning to be without him in San Francisco.

"We have to prepare as if he is not going to play, of course," Tomlin said, according to the Twitter feed. "We will move forward, James will move forward."

More Tomlin, via the Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder: "We're disappointed. We're disappointed for James because we know how hard he's worked to play within the rules, [but] he has to be accountable for that so we accept the judgment rendered by the league office."

Harrison missed four games earlier this season with an eye injury. Pittsburgh went 4-0 over that stretch with some combination of LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Jason Worilds and Chris Carter taking snaps at the two outside linebacker positions.

Woodley, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Patriots on October 30 and has been on the field for just a few series since, is set to return against the 49ers.

While the Steelers are planning to be without their Pro Bowl linebacker, Harrison's agent says he will appeal.

"James and I will have a discussion and figure out our next step," agent Bill Parise told the Post-Gazette. "The procedure would be to appeal. James and I will work through that and ask for an expedited hearing because we're dealing with a suspension.

"My job right now is to continue to read this and talk to my client and he and I together will make an intelligent decision and we'll move expediently."

CBS' NFL insider Charley Casserly beaks down James Harrison's hard hit on Colt McCoy.

Shortly after the NFL's ruling, Harrison tweeted: "Thank you to all my fans and supporters, I'm just going to move on from here and get ready for my next game."

In all likelhood, that next game will be on December 24 when the Steelers host the Rams.

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Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:24 am

Harrison could appeal, Tomlin 'disappointed'

You know what is the worst, is you guys ligning up to throw a rock at Harrison.   McCoy was running with the ball and he when Harrison hit him.  Harrison didnt take 2 steps after the ball was gone, he hit once the ball left the QB's hands.   IT's called a Bang-Bang play.  The QB is running and by NFL rules he is now a RB.  Sure once we get to see the play in Slow-Mo from 1000 diff angles.  Gimme me a break!   Bang-Bang play......

It is a shame that you idiots are now buying into what Goddell is selling.  Change the rules let people bitch for a year and then it's accepted!  Great.  "Dick"tator Goddell will have the men playing in shorts with flags on next. 

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:56 pm

Harrison could appeal, Tomlin 'disappointed'

You all act as if Harrison is the only guy doing helmet to helmet hits.  If you think just a handful of guys are doing these hits and "not getting it" you are either pretty naive, or just blissfully turning a blind eye.

3 years ago, harrison was an MVP and a great player who played tough, now, the same writers and NFL officials have him as dirty player #1.......give me a break.

Flag Football, here we come!!!!


Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:00 pm

Harrison could appeal, Tomlin 'disappointed'

yeah being too stupid to follow the rules despite hundreds of thousands in fines for the same thing means he's earned it.  Did you notice that neither Tomlin, Harris nor the agent has said anything like "yeah it was an illegal hit and I should know better by now."  This loser needs to get banned from league play until he gets it, because clearly nether he nor anyone around him does.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:42 pm

Harrison could appeal, Tomlin 'disappointed'

That suspension seems a little light. I guess they'll be a little more severe after his next helmet to helmet hit.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:55 pm

Harrison could appeal, Tomlin 'disappointed'

Harrison's agent says "My job right now is to continue to read this and talk to my client and he and I together will make an intelligent decision and we'll move expediently." Good thing Harrison has someone who can read for him, and hopefully for him his agent is intelligent, since it seems to me the LAST thing that could be expected from Harrison is to make an intelligent decision all by himself.

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