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NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:54 pm
By Will Brinson

Harrison's physical style finally caught up to him. (Getty Images)

Roger Goodell's handed out just a few on-field suspensions during his tenure as NFL Commissioner, but two of those came in the last three weeks, as both Ndamukong Suh and James Harrison were suspended. And if either of those gentlemen cross the line again, they could reportedly face "substantial suspensions."

James Harrison suspended

That's according to's Steve Wyche, who reported Tuesday night that "there might not be much latitude" for guys like Harrison and Suh who have already been suspended once by the league.

"Three games, four games, five games, six games? It could happen depending on the circumstance," Wyche's source said. "They are repeat offenders, which mean suspensions are more likely."

Wyche's source also indicated that had Harrison not hit Browns quarterback Colt McCoy in the head, Harrison "probably have been fine" and avoided a suspension from the league.

Suh finished serving his two-game suspension on Sunday and will return to the field this week. Harrison was suspended on Tuesday morning and is waiting on an expedited appeal to determine his status for Monday night's game against the 49ers.

There's no mention of a specific timeline that encapsulates the not-quite-official warning for Harrison and Suh in Wyche's article, but as we talked about on Tuesday's podcast, Harrison actually played fine-free for quite some time, one has to assume it's permanent.

Additionally, the headline on the league's homepage at -- "Harrison facing lengthy ban for next hit" -- doesn't leave much to the imagination when it comes to what will happen to the Steelers linebacker (or the Lions defensive tackle or any other player who's suspended) with continued violations of on-field policy.

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Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:24 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

All Harrison had to do is hit McCoy with his shoulder and not spear him in the jaw with his helmet. He could have brought the same amount of pain to Colt without leading with his helmet. That is basic tackling fellas: get low, drive through the guy and hit with your shoulder, NOT your head. What I find ridiculous is that the league says it's ok to hit a runner with a helmet to helmet hit but not a passer. Uh, what kind of thinking has gone into that one? If you really want to reduce the amount of concussions, how about no intentional helmet to helmet hits on anyone with the ball? Incidental stuff happens all the time. It's the guys that lower their head and drive it right into the guy's helmet that are creating the issues. Get back to form tackling with the shoulder, not the head. Leather helmets anyone? :P I guarantee you the helmet to helmet shots would disappear. :)

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:18 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA But he got less of a suspension than Kevin Williams did for taking a diet pill.   Big effin deal. 

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:14 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

That was a great tackle.  Harrison stood him him up like you're supposed to.  Arm tackling doesn't always bring a guy down.  That's the last time McCoy pulls a Friday Night Lights stunt like that. 
Wow, listen to yourselves... that was a CHEAP SHOT and he got what he deserved for playing dirty.  I agree fully with the penalty.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:39 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

Can someone send me the link to Seymour's and Chancellor's suspensions, I can't seem to find anything on their suspensions, only Harrison's.  Wait, they weren't suspended?  Seymour's been ejected how many times and fined for after the play extracurricular activity and Chancellor has three STRAIGHT weeks of helmet-to-helmet hits and they aren't suspended, yet Harrison makes a hit on a QB exactly one second after he decides not to be a runner anymore.  Further proof that Goodell needs to go.  I get Harrison's suspension, I guess, but c'mon, where is the consistancy in the rulings here.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:18 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

Why don't you guys write a manual for how to tackle in the NFL.  Above the knees below the chest, with your arms wrapping around the player and ashoulder in the gut.  And if the offensive player lowers his head, then tough, we'll penalize the defensive player. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:09 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

How do you lower a should without lowering your head?  Explain that one to me.  

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:57 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

Though I think some of the recent calls made to protect QBs this season have been suspect, like the one on Brady last week, I have to agree with the suspension in this case.  Harrison has consistently led with his head.  Look, don't give me this he can't stop BS; he doesn't have to.  But he can't lead with his head.  Defensive players have to lead with their shoulder and hit the QB in their body not their head.  How hard is that to understand?  Based upon Harrison's comments that he did not think any penalty was warranted and his defiance in not adapting to the league rules I have no sympathy for him.  Same with Suh.  Suh is a dirty player, no doubt about it.  He doesn't just tackle a guy, but purposely tried to wrench their neck at the same time.  It's not necessary when he's already on top of someone who is going down.  Harrison could have lowered his shoulder and still leveled McCoy.  He chose not to and not will deal with the penalty.  If he won't comply he won't play.  If he won't play, then go ahead and retire.  I suspect the Steelers will let him go after this season anyway because they still win when he's out and he's not worth the hassle. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:42 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

That was a great tackle.  Harrison stood him him up like you're supposed to.  Arm tackling doesn't always bring a guy down.  That's the last time McCoy pulls a Friday Night Lights stunt like that.  

I agree 100 percent.  And I'm a guy that hates the Steelers and I don't like Harrison, but give me a break.  McCoy takes the snap at I believe the 39 yard line, backs up all the way to the 48, runs to the 45, pauses and when nobody is open he tucks the ball and runs. He pulls up one yard shy of the line of scrimmage and suddenly throws the ball.  What's Harrison supposed to do?  He's running at him full blast and McCoy pulls up.  A defender has no idea if a qb is going to pull up or slide, it's pretty tough to stop.  It's getting really stupid.... I can hardly handle this pu*** crap any more.  The NFL is a tough game, people will get hurt.

I'm a Lions fan and what Suh did stomping a guy was dumb and he deserved his 2 game suspension.  But most of everything else he's gotten a bad rap for is stupid too.  Like when Cutler tucked the ball and ran, he was past the line of scrimmage so Suh forearms him from behind and they call it a punch.  15 yards and a fine......  I guess Suh should have just yelled "FIRE".... maybe Cutler stops running.  

And I guess Harrison should have stopped dead in his tracks in front of McCoy and done some jumping jacks instead of hitting him, right?  Stupid... just stupid.  

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:27 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

These stupid rules are designed to protect investments that owners make in qbs and to promote high-scoring exciting games so the NFL can sell more cars.  That' pretty much it.  Roger is just doing the bidding of most of the owners.  It's sad.  

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:06 am

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

The guy is in his mid 30's and is playing like he always has.  a few years ago his style was the model of what a tough LB was to be.  2 years later he is a danger to society.  Its not hard to figure out that all these so called dangerous defensive players are just products of the wussy witch hunt that Goodell is running to make defenses more like what you see in a Pro Bowl (where no one really tackles or hits and there is lots of scoring) thna what you get with a Ravens or Steelers style team.

Its sad really.

Also, you see chop blocks, cut blocks, and hard picks by TEs and O line men all the time and one cares.  Babin complained about that a few weeks ago and people basically called him a pussy.  So the defensive players are screwed no matter what.  They cant really hit, if they do, they get a flag and fine.  If they slow up, the guy gets yards or scores.  All the while they get cut blocked by pulling guards and fullbacks.

Its just too funny that they grow these guys to be killers and then complain that they crush players on the field when tackling.
and if you think its only a few guys tackling like this...i have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. 

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