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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: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:58 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Still waiting for Green Bay's Woodson to be suspended for punching a Saint player.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:53 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

And still no mention of the illegal low tackle on Ben that injured him.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:18 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I hope Ben Rapistburger gets knocked out for the rest of the season on a similar cheapshot. It'll be funny to hear the Squeeler fans cry like babies about how unfair it was. It would be karmic justice after they stole a SB with the worst officiating in sports history.



Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:12 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Yes it figures he would rule so fast in order to keep james out of a big game. Yet Chris Gocong clearly hits Mendenhall helmet to helmet on goalline in same game without penalty or fine, steelers clearly watched differently and treated differently afterwards.



Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:07 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

You act all sophisticated yet you can't spell organization?   Just another Steeler hater! Get on here and run your mouth about thugs yet you can't even spell



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:06 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Yes, the Golden Flashes DO have more class - I have to wonder, what happened ???



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:03 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I'm embarrassed the despicable human being James Harrison went to Kent State. We Golden Flashes tend to have more class than that.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:49 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Maxbuster:  yes, if you take the time, you shall learn that Medina IS near downtown Cleveland however did you know that young Mr. Harrison grew up closer to Cleveland than I ???    

Secondly, why is it that just about EVERYONE - as well as a NUMMBER of Steelers' fans - are callling for his suspension and INCREASED suspension.

Thirdly, if you were a coach attempting to teach the future of our community(ies) the CORRECT way to tackle - not head-hunt - you ALSO would find his spearing, his REPEATED spearing, most unnerving.

Fourthly, if YOUR child were speared as Colt was - you might be hesitant to support this thuggery.

Actually, this continued "thuggery" has become a reflection of the organisation and  I HIGHLY  doubt Coach Noll would have tolerated this either.   I suspect Coach Tomlin may be reconsidering certain "things" in the off-season.



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:43 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

steelcity dude.  THAT may be true.  So why would harrison be so dumb to have a  battle of words (name calling) with the commisioner of the NFL.  Just shows his stupidity and yours for trying to attempt to justify it.  WOW!  you dudes are tools.



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:40 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Steelerrob.  I have not heard  more stupidity from ANYONE that I just saw from you.  Youre a retarded idiot throwing racism in here.   Get a life, Dude.


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