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NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 2:48 pm
 
By Will Brinson

The NFL denied Harrison's appeal of his one-game suspension(Getty Images)

Steelers linebacker James Harrison was suspended one game by the NFL this week. He also filed an expedited appeal, and the NFL announced on Friday that his appeal was denied, meaning Harrison will miss the Steelers game against San Francisco Monday.

James Harrison suspended

It's hardly a surprise that Harrison's suspension held up, although because of the way of the hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy unfolded (McCoy became a runner and then decided to pass at the last second), there was a possibility of the punishment being overturned.

"It is clear from the video that you squared up and led with the crown of your helmet when you contacted Colt McCoy," on-field appeals officer Ted Cottrell, who heard the appeal, said in a letter to Harrison. "This is precisely the technique that you must avoid using as a defender. I have determined that your actions were particularly egregious and warranted the discipline imposed by Ray Anderson."

The linebacker's history of violent and/or flagrant hits (the NFL says Harrison's been punished five times for illegal hits on a quarterback) contributed to his punishment and clearly the appeal as well.

 "I'm not surprised. You're appealing to the same people who put the suspension in place, so no, I'm not surprised at all," Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. "I don't care about the league's message anymore. It's about us as a football team playing the type of football that's going to help us win championships, despite who gets suspended, despite who gets fined.

"We're going to try to play within the rules. We're going to stop fighting this battle of talking to them. That's what this is about."

Harrison's hit on McCoy led to plenty of controversy -- not only with Harrison's suspension and Mike Tomlin telling Steelers players to keep quiet, either. McCoy was never checked for a concussion and re-entered the game.

Additionally, the NFL is reportedly set to start handing out lengthy suspensions for on-field violations.

"Like I said on Wednesday, my disappointment is for James," Clark said. "He's been trying really hard to comply with what's being asked of him. For him to be suspended for this situation, to us, is disheartening. To me, it was a between-the-whistle play. They're making an example out of him for it this year. I don't think it's right.

"We have to continue playing and just roll with the punches and try to win games without one of our best players."

Harrison's suspension was the first for an "illegal hit" and he could potentially miss multiple games if he doesn't change his approach to playing defense.

"Oh well. It is what it is," Harrison told Josina Anderson of ESPN. "That's the decision I was expecting anyways. I'll deal with it and move on."


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Comments

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:59 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

DKF295  Right on ! Some people only see what they want to believe. You can watch that hit on McCoy over and over and it still won't negate the fact
that it was a blatant helmet to helmet cheap shot with intent to injure a player. Every sport has rules. During your one game vacation Harrison, hire a tutor and maybe you can finally grasp why you get fined and suspended. Or during tour time off ( to keep in shape ) you can visit the local Walmart and
headbutt some senior citizens.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:08 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

So it's ok for Harrison to lead with his helmut when tackling?  He does it time and time again.  Not sure why this is such an issue.  As for Brady he slid late and paid for it - questionable at best.  The league is getting watered down and think the DB's are getting crushed by it - they need to go to 10 yard rule for contact - it is getting ridiculous now.  Every play over 10 yards is also showing a WR yelling and jesturing at the official for pass interference - ridiculous!!!

Yes lets introduce more replays because the game isn't slow enough with the replays - brilliant.




Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:46 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Harrison had to play his position. The league should not penalize him for that. If the QB decides to become a RB then he should get the same defensive treatment. All sports have a degree of risk. Accept them or don't play. The rules that apply to football should not schackle either side of the ball. Blatent disregard for another player physical health should absolutely be punished. What's blatent disregard? Everybody knows it when they see it...right Suh?



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:02 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I have been watching football for over 40 years and I think the injury levels have gone up.

I disagree. But even if it were true, it's not overall injuries that th eleague is attempting to address, it concusions.


The NFL rule changes promote scoring by protecting QB's so they can throw the ball and score.

The rule regarding helmet to helmet contact was not initiated to solely protect the quarterback, I think it benefits WR's much more. 


If the Colt had thrown the ball quicker or handed it off to the RB all would be fine.

How would that make a helmet to helmet hit legal??


Let them play the game and the players will enforce the rules and take care of the  James Harrisons in the league , on the field.

Letting the players police themselves is your "Answer" to the problem?? Pass happy league?? Get a decent offensive line and a good RB and that team will utilize the talents it has to win ballgames on the ground. Regardless of how a team plays, helmet to helmet hita are dangerous and illegal. Harrison needs to realize that, as a multiple offender, he won't be getting any breaks from the league. He needs to smarten up. 






Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:52 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I agree.  Quarterbacks should wear pink dresses and high heels on the field from now on bacause the rules the NFL has placed is turning contact football into touch football.  However, there has to be some middle ground.  I understand the NFL has a hugh problem with concussions on its hands, but that call on London Fletcher for hitting Tom Brady while he was running for a first down last Sunday should have never been thrown.  It was rediculous.  Fletcher hit Brady in the chest and shoulder region, NOT the head!!!!  Not that it mattered that much because the Skins are not well again this season.  But anyway, the refs need to have replays on their calls if made in error.  Of course, that would extend the game even longer, but at least the wrong calls are changed to no call at all. 



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:51 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I'm sorry, I didn't realize that I was talking about the franchise from a historical perspective. Maybe you should start working on your reading comprehension?
Ok, so this year they're 10-3, tied with 5 other teams at 10-3 and only one team has a better record. So when you say we should start watching some top-tier teams. What are you talking about?



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:56 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

this isn't hockey you dummy



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:29 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Love hearing all the steeler fans who have become football afficianato's and all of a sudden it is about the game, the tackling science, the unfairness of the commissioner.. i call bullshit! they were the same people piling on Suh's suspensionlast week and because it is one of their own the story is different. I cant wait till Harrison or Clarkes next meltdown and they really get slapped! this is a new age boys and if you dont like it ... well take your marbles and go home!



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:02 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Seems to me that the more rules the NFL changes to eliminate injury the more injured players results. I have been watching football for over 40 years and I think the injury levels have gone up. Players are faster,larger and more agressive (steroid's). The NFL rule changes promote scoring by protecting QB's so they can throw the ball and score. This practice forces teams with medeocre QB'S to abandon the running game. These so so QB'S have to hold on to the ball longer there for risk getting hit. If the Colt had thrown the ball quicker or handed it off to the RB all would be fine. Seems to me most QB'S are also RB'S. If you run the ball you should be treated as a running back period. This pass happy league that the NFL has created by tweeking the rules is the cause of the problem not the solution. Not only causing injury to QB'S but to Receivers and Offensive linemen that have to extend plays and protect QB'S while they run around trying to make a big play. The Steelers are a prime example of this and they pay the price with injuries, as do most pass happy teams with average QB'S. Suspending Harrison is not a solution to a bad NFL rule. Let them play the game and the players will enforce the rules and take care of the  James Harrisons in the league , on the field.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:48 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

If that hit is made on a running back it not only is not a suspension it is not even a penalty. the truth of the matter is you just can't hit the QB any more. You can't hit him high or you get a penalty for going to the head. You can't hit him low or you get a flag for going for the qb's knees. If colt would have kept running and not thrown the ball at the last second we woulld not be talking about this. It was that action which left him unprotected. At some point when the QB breaks the pocket he has to become eligable to be hit.


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