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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: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:38 pm

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.  

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:50 pm

NFL to hand out 'substantial' bans to violators?

All of these players are some of the best athlete's in the world. They not only need to be in top physical condition, but they have very complex offense's and defense's to understand and implement. So for the love of God can someone tell me why it's so hard to understand that you're not suppose to lead with the crown of your helmet, or hit your opponent in the head? I'm really tired of all these people trying to defend Harrison, as well as others, for deliberately trying to injure other players. And that is the only reason to hit anybody like that.......intent to injure.
This should be a wakeup call to the players in this league, that use this particular kind of hit.

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