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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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Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:33 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

What is so hard to understand? If you creat helmet to helkmet contact you're going to get a hefty fine. If you have a history of illegal contact you're going to get suspended. I understand why Harrison is clueless, but some of you people here surprise me.

What's so surprising? One of the biggest issues in this country is that people are okay with bad behavior as long as they're the benefactors. I'd love to see the tune of some of these Steelers fans change if a defender took a shot at Big Ben's head and knocked him out for the year. Surely, they'd be applauding the defender for being tough and playing the game the way it was meant to be played, and they in no way would make this an excuse for any lack of success in the postseason. They'd also be calling for Goodell to drop any fines or suspension. Clearly.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:26 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

What is so hard to understand? If you creat helmet to helkmet contact you're going to get a hefty fine. If you have a history of illegal contact you're going to get suspended. I understand why Harrison is clueless, but some of you people here surprise me.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:22 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Apprarently you are a Steelers fan and have a decreased capacity for logic.

He did something wrong and he is being punished - get over it. 

"Pansy stuff" = why don't you go out to the parkling lot and have someone jump on your head.  Typical Pitt/Philly morons.

Do you have any sense?  I ask a question that I know the answer - this is PITT! 

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:17 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

LOL - are you watching the same film or are you a Steelers fan?

This is th NFL today.

BTW moron you tackle with your head up or you may induce a spinal injury.  YOU NEVER DUCK DOWN.
This is the way you send a shock to your spinal cord and cause a fracture or something worse.
When you hit someone you hit them face up or you risk you or the person you are hitting.

Apparently you don't have a clue and are sitting their eating Cheetoes.  Numb nuts

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:50 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

These comments are ridiculous and I'm forced to conclude that half the posters here have suffered extensive cranial trauma. Players CAN'T let up in the middle of a play? Sorry, see it dozens of times every week. Players CAN'T tackle without ducking their head down and leading with the crown of their helmet? Sorry, that's both idiotic tackling and completely false. This is the way football is meant to be played? Okay, let's have 50 running plays a game per team and play with leather helmets since old equals good. The commisioner is terrible? NFL profits are at record levels in a recession. James Harrison is a tough football player playing tough trying to help his team win games? Doing things you know is going to get yourself penalized and suspended isn't going to help your team and improper tackling isn't either.

Some of you steelers fans need to start watching some top-tier teams after you're done watching your team squeeze by the trash of the NFL. Maybe then you'll understand what it takes to win football games.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:45 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

hey mempat, all steelers fans on here defending him because it is a steelers story, most others with no interest in steelers season don't have much reason to be on here. Notice most of the ones slamming him are steelers haters so what does that mean? If this had been a suspension of Suggs for the exact same hit, there would be a slew of ravens fans on here taking his back and probably alot of pittsburghers ripping him. raiders org is old news, Spygate was pretty ridiculous but dude is still an insane coach, and Lewis was an ACCOMPLICE TO MURDER! There is no statute of limitations on ripping that scumbag.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:46 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I have read barely half of the comments on this thread and the people who are defending James Harrison's actions to almost a man are all Steeler fans. BlakNGoldPosse, Jerrypgh, Maxbuster, AzMoney, ShortBus, Montweet, Gary15, IZZYRIGHT,Go Blues and Desertrex. And that's just half the pages. Only one non-Steeler is defending him. Some of you guys need to be on the receiving end of a Harrison helmet-to-helmet hit, It's as if you all have been locked in one giant room and taught to defend anything the Steelers do. And also to consistently target Ray Lewis, the Spygate ordeal, the Raiders organization.( Some of you anyway). You guys won't be satisfied until Harrison has killed someone with a helmet hit, or broken another players' neck. If Harrison were to hit your brother or son like that and cripple or kill them, I wonder how you would feel, Would you continue to defend him and say stupid things like, "That's the way football is supposed to be played" ??

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:39 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I am really starting to have some real problems with the commish.  That is BS plain and simple.  These guys are covered up running full speed both players moving and HOW accurate do they want them to be.  Both players drop one anticipating and the other delivering.  Lets just call it 7on 7 flag.  It is getting rediculous.  While I'm on it.  I am so sick of every deep to intermediate pass either a completion or pass interference.  I guess they do not like the defensive side of football.  It used to be a beautiful game.  Let the boys play.  If you are trying to hurt people and head hunting you should be punished the harrison hit was none of those things.  LET THEM PLAY _ I'm sick of the pansy stuff, the fragile, soft  he touched him stuff.  I think most of us like it because it is tuff men doing a tuff job.  If I wanted to watch flag football I can go out to my rec league.  CRAP!  

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:36 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

When they're reviewing these hits in the NFL offices they need to take into account what the offensive player is doing when the hit occurs.  In the cas of a lot of the hits that are drawing fines, the player has already comitted to the hit and the offensive player ducks down changing their pad level and making an acceptable hit an illegal one.  Also, if you're going to continue suspending players in the name of preserving other players careers and lives after football, the same penalties and suspensions need to be applied for offensive linemen involved in chop blocks, fair is fair.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:22 pm

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

They can "expend" him all they want to.  Just don't suspend him for something that happens in every game each week.

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