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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
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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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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:28 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal



Just replace the pads and cleets with skirts and a shawl.
This is becomming such a farce.



Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:16 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Instead of reading this wall of text from daddygobucks. Let me summarize:


I hate the Steelers because I am a Browns fan or just a pissed off Ohio resident.

I think Harrison is a candy ass... LMAO. Ok, big boy you meet him at the 7-11 on the corner.

I played JV HS football so i know how to tackle and make all the plays but i hurt my ankle in 8th grade otherwise....


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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 8:50 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Having played the game, I have to say, hits like that are cheap shots. Harrison knew exactly what he was doing. He got a free shot, because mcCoy was throwing the ball not running and he was hit during his follow through. He was an oportunist using the way the game is played to get a hit on a person playing the game, he would never have gotten if McCoy was just running around, running the ball or not engaged in completing a forward pass. And he caused a concussion. Personally, I think in football and hockey, if you cause a concussion, you should sit until the guy you hit is fit to play again. If his career is over, your career is over. Head hunters like Harrison who use their helmets as weapons, shouldn't be allowed to wear helmets. Lets see how big tough guy Harrison is then. He is a hard hitting son of a B when he's wearing bay armour and the other guy is focussed on something else. . Go try this crap in Rugby douche bag. QUit hiding behind armour that's supposed to protect you, and using it as a weapon. As for the Steelers, "we have to hurt people to win", go become a wrestler or a boxer or something, where it's OK if you hurt people to win. None of the techiques used in football are designed to hurt people... just some people choose to use the rules of football as an excuse to hurt people, as if it's part of the game. Agressive  candy asses like Harrison should get out of their little protected cushions and go to boxing, where he'd get hit, where the opponent is going to defend himself, where the other guy is concentrating on him, not looking downfield or throwing a pass. But he's too cowardly to actually play in a sport where he'd have to recieve and not just dish it out. Get this guy out of hte league before he does permanent damage to someone. And this guy Clark, get him out too. Football is about palying tough and physical, but, any skilled player can do that without head hunting, and most do. Harrison it would seem is so lacking in skill, he can't make it without playing dirty, or out of control. I have absolutely no respect for him, or those who play the game like him. He belongs in the Jack Tatum, corner of the league, where you can honestly say, the game and it's participants would have been beter if you never played it.


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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:20 am
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Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:16 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I am not a Steeler fan by any stretch however I do appreciate the consistent Talent they field over the years . . . However, I have a huge problem with a suspension of Harrison on (for) this particular play. For starters, I felt it was a Clean Football hit especially given McCoy's appearance of running. Those that say otherwise are entitled to their opinions but I truly hope you watch the play a few times as McCoy's intent until the very last second was quite obvious . . . I'm curious if McCoy felt it was a hit that warranted a 1 game suspension or if it's what we fans like to call "Football" . . .
A Penalty is one thing (though I would even disagree with that) . . . A Suspension for THAT actual  play is absolutely absurd. The NFL's description of the reason for the Suspension should have included Harrison's past History as that's really what this was all about. The weak defense (explanation) and upholding of the suspension with a statement like the following simply isn't how this particular play went down . . . 
"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"



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:57 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I know a lot of fans consider this making the league "soft".  The biggest argument I hear is that "the old timers used to play throough it'.

That's great, but take a look at the health of many of those old players.  Is the trade off worth it?



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:53 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I didn't think the hit in and of itself deserved a suspension, but after "x" number of infractions, you had to know they would up the ante....


Too much pressure on the league from the PC crowd not to act.




Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:12 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I had no problem with a penalty being called on that play. However, I don't think he should have been suspended. With that said as long as the NFL is consistent with handing out punishments then I can't complain. People bashing Harrison should know that he has been clean of these type of hits for over a year now. While I realize all it takes is one hit for all the negativity to come back at least he has been doing a better job than he was originally doing regarding these type of hits. Hopefully the refs will call these type of hits more consistently. I'm not one to whine about the NFL turning soft because we are dealing with people's lives off the football field as well. As we have seen lately in articles regarding concussions they can have a devastating lasting impact on athletes. If the NFL can eliminate this then it's good for everyone involved. Now that Harrison has been suspended he should be suspended even longer for anymore of these hits. Also the league should have started handing out suspensions way before this. Fining these millionaires mean nothing to them. Hit them and that team where it hurts by not allowing them to play.



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:41 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I don't know, 8 super bowl appearances, 6 wins. I'd say that's a top tier team.
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?



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:37 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Some of you steelers fans need to start watching some top-tier teams
I don't know, 8 super bowl appearances, 6 wins. I'd say that's a top tier team.


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