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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: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:37 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I say .... Give Mr. Harrison an IQ test. If he scores a 50 or better he can play .... 49 or less and he is bannned for good. 




Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:34 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

It sounds like this is what the nfl is looking for and that would probably satisfy them so that no one gets hurt.
I've heard this argument countless times. There's a difference between getting hurt due to being takled and getting hurt because someone TRIED to hurt you. There's a difference between trying to hit hard and trying to injure. The NFL is trying to prevent hits that have a HIGH PROBABILITY of causing concusions. I don't see how anyone on this board is against the NFL trying to prevent PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:29 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Whitebread... Here's a newsflash for you... Football is a violent game... And violent hits are a part of football.   Harrison is trying to make tackles, seperate people from the ball, cause a fumble, etc... He's not trying to hug them and lay them gently on the ground..  Have you ever made a tackle in your life? The fact that the players are bigger, stronger, etc is the exact reason why some of these rules are ridiculous..  250lbs men running full speed just cant stop themselves on a dime and relocate their heads...


Yes his hits are illegal now so he needs to find a way to erase 20 years of football instincts and change.. Maybe in the make believe world that you and Goodell live in, that's possible but in the real world its not that easy... Hitting the way he does won him the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and now after a change of the rules, he is suddenly Public Enemy #1...

Concussions, etc will always be a part of football... You can't stop that... All these rules are doing is making things for the defense more difficult... You have running backs leading with their heads when they see a hit coming, O-line pulling & lead blocking with their heads but that head contact is OK... Just head contact from a defensive player is considered illegal... They want more scoring, etc to get more fans like yourself excite while destroying the game in the eyes of most knowledgable fans... Soon enough the NFL will be and outdoor version of Arena Ball... Scores of 65-62 will be normal... Maybe then Gooddell will be happy...     



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:22 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

@montweet - The NFL has already changed the rules, and all of the players have been informed of this.  It seems as if 98% of all the players can stay within them, but a few (Harrison, Suh, etc), either don't care to or aren't smart enough to make changes to their game.

Those guys don't go out to just play football, they go out to injure other players.

Harrison targets players heads.  He could have gone to hit McCoy in the chest.  A good 6-12 inches lower, but he chose to hit high, because he wanted to put him out of the game.  How he's going to cost his team a loss when they play the 49ers this week.

Next time should be a 4 game suspension for him.


 





Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:18 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I think the next time the steelers d gets on the field, on the first play, they should all in unison just sit down and do absolurely nothing to hamper the other teams offensive play.  It sounds like this is what the nfl is looking for and that would probably satisfy them so that no one gets hurt.

Or they could just tackle without dropping their helmet and going head-hunting. It isn't like this is the first time Harrison has been told that it is a no-no. Guys like Ronnie Lott and Bill Bates had no problem putting the wood on people legally.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:15 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

This moronic commissioner has simply go to go.  His total bias against the Steelers, in general, and Harrison, in particular, is rapidly becoming a farce. He reminds me of our so-called president who also is clueless and hell bent on the ruination of country...God-dell will not be happy until there is no NFL...at least like it was meant to be. 



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:12 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

I think the next time the steelers d gets on the field, on the first play, they should all in unison just sit down and do absolurely nothing to hamper the other teams offensive play.  It sounds like this is what the nfl is looking for and that would probably satisfy them so that no one gets hurt.





Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:11 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

dzperson--i will assume medina ohio is near clevland and that is the cause for the crybaby attitude---if harrison played for the clowns you and all other cleveland crybabies would be cheering his every hit--as far as he should sit out as long as McCoy is out--i am afraid that would mean harrison needs to retire cause after such a terrific year for the latest clowns franchise qb he most likely will be out for a very LOOOOOOONG time and not because of his head but rather his very girlish throwing arm--but you all can keep blaming it on Harrison



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:06 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

and I'd suspend Mike Holmgren for coming up with such an idiotic explanation as to why the trainers didn't check Colt for a concussion during the game. They are the real villians here.
So let me get this straight Montweet. We charge the owner of the convenience store for making his employee work the midnight shift with no medical backup and thus getting in the way of the armed robber who attacks him viciously.    Hmmm. Interesting idea.

Hey ... all you a$$hole jagoffs out there
Psyhie, wasn't that a TV show? We understand your love for the Steelers, but it's not nice to call others who disagree with you names. Consider yourself TEBOWED!

Sorry, just think it's ridiculous that many think that in football intent to injure is part of the game. Maybe in years past, but with so much money invested in these players some common sense has surfaced and rules amended to protect the players. You can still have clean football and hard hits and it will not dimish the product nor stop all freak injuries. James Harrison maybe a great football player but he is also a 'head hunter". Hopefully the NFL has made a scapegoat now out of Harrison to show to other players that the two are not related. I agree with Steeler fans that others need to be watched and suspended as well. It's a start. Unfortunately, it began with an exceptional player that deserved it.





Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:47 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Football is such an aggressive play on the edge sport and especially in the NFL. Harrison plays on the edge that's why he is one of the most feared hitters in the league and one of the best linebackers.

He will have to adjust even more because ever big hit is going to go under the microscope and the Steelers can't afford to not have him in the line-up




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