Tag:James Harrison
Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:24 pm

Hot Routes 11.22.10: Week 11 boxscore tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Did you notice the Giants only had 208 yards of total offense against the Eagles Sunday night?

Justin Tuck had three sacks and was phenomenal in containment outside and against the run.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis racked up 96 yards on 21 carries against the Colts.

Donald Brown had 68 yards on 17 carries, but 36 of those yards came on one good run. Brown was his usual ineffective self for most of the night. J. Mayo (US Presswire)

Jerod Mayo led the Patriots with 15 tackles, though fellow inside linebacker Gary Guyton stood out more. Guyton had nine tackles.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: 21/34, 316 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Fred Jackson and Cedric Benson both rushed for over 115 yards.

For the second week in a row, the Bills won and Lee Evans caught just two passes. (Not trying to suggest there’s a correlation between the two.) Steve Johnson has become Buffalo’s No. 1 wideout. He had eight catches for 137 yards and three scores against the Bengals.

For the second straight week, Felix Jones gave the Cowboys 51 yards on the ground. That is his second highest rushing output of the season.

Jahvid Best, who is battling a bad foot, had just two yards on three carries. Or maybe it was three yards on two carries. Anyway, he was a non-factor.

Dez Bryant averaged minus-two yards per catch on all of his non-touchdown receptions Sunday.

Very rarely does a DT lead his team in tackles. That’s what Ndamukong Suh did for the Lions (eight stops).

Before leaving with a re-aggravated groin injury, Clinton Portis looked fresh on five carries (32 yards).

Pilloried all week for poor route running, Redskins wideout Joey Galloway caught three passes for 32 yards. That was three more than Randy Moss caught, by the way.

Titans rookie Marc Mariani recorded his second touchdown return of the season (87 yards on a punt).

It came predominantly in garbage time, but Derek Anderson was 25/46 for 295 yards and a touchdown. And Matt Cassel, who raised the bar for garbage time excellence last week, was a sturdy 15/24 for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

Dwayne Bowe caught two touchdowns, giving him a Chiefs record six-straight games with a touchdown. Bowe is on pace for 1,100 yards and 18 TD’s.

Adrian Wilson led the Cardinals with seven tackles after struggling a week ago.

Thanks to the big deficit, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got only 14 carries Sunday (72 yards). That was only two more carries than the Packers gave Dimitri Nance (37 yards).

Sidney Rice’s debut: three catches, 56 yards.

Clay Matthews added another sack to his records (league-high 11.5 on the season). He also had two tackles for a loss and two hits on the quarterback.

LaDainian Tomlinson still looks fresh. He only managed 36 yards on 12 carries, but he turned in 71 yards on seven receptions.

Joel Dreessen could wind up keeping the starting tight end job even once Owen Daniels is healthy. Dreessen, who is a slightly better blocker than Daniels, caught four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.

With RT Damien Woody out, the Texans got three sacks (two from Mario Williams) and seven hits on Mark Sanchez.

Pittsburgh held Oakland to 61 yards rushing, which is par for the course for the Steelers this season.

Jason Campbell was 7/19 for 70 yards and a pick before getting benched in the second half. Bruce Gradkowski finished 13/24 for 98 yards and a pick.

Rashard Mendenhall’s 59 yards rushing were just four more yards than Ben Roethlisberger had on the ground.

James Harrison had two sacks, two tackles for a loss and two hits on the quarterback (one of which drew a ridiculous roughing the passer flag)…and those numbers still don’t describe the depth of his impact Sunday.

Joe Flacco had his first 300-yard passing game of the season against the Panthers.

Ray Lewis got his 30th career interception (and took it to the house).

The Jaguars won despite six turnovers (four from David Garrard).

Peyton Hillis was held to 48 yards on 21 carries, though he produced 95 yards on six receptions.

The Jaguars sacked Colt McCoy six times. Six sacks used to be a half-season for Jacksonville.

Interesting: Michael Turner got 28 carries for Atlanta (131 yards) and Jason Snelling got just one.

Who needs Pierre Thomas? Chris Ivory turned in99 yards on 23 carries for the Saints.

Brandon Stokley, Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu all had at least five catches and 75 yards for the Seahawks.

The 49ers generated only 71 yards on the ground against Tampa Bay’s bottom-feeder run defense. Forty five of those yards came from Troy Smith scrambles.

Mike Williams, barely 48 hours removed from a DUI arrest, caught all three passes thrown his way. Williams finished with 54 yards and a touchdown.

Patrick Willis stamped his ticket to Hawaii: two sacks, two tackles for a loss, two QB hits and a team-high 13 tackles.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots at Steelers

It was big news Friday when Tom Brady was listed as probable with a right shoulder on New England’s injury report (everybody in the Northeast let out a HUGE exhale). But he also was spotted limping Friday, and he declined to comment to the media about why. This obviously would be a problem if he’s called upon to move around in the pocket or to scramble.

In other New England injury news, RB Fred Taylor is listed as questionable with his turf toe injury. He was limited in practice all week, but the team also might want to hold off inserting him into a game before he’s completely healthy. He hasn’t played since Week 3.

UPDATE (8:38 p.m.): New England has downgraded three players to "out." That includes OG Stephen Neal, RB Fred Taylor and DE Myron Taylor. None of them will play Sunday.

Steelers DE Brett Keisel has missed three straight games because of a hamstring injury, and he’s doubtful again this week. He was supposed to start last Monday vs. the Bengals, but he re-aggravated the injury in warmups. OG Chris Kemoeatu also is doubtful after spraining his knee in Cincinnati. It sounds like Ramon Foster will take his place in the starting lineup.

LB James Harrison was a late addition to the injury report with back spasms. He’s listed as questionable.

Titans at Dolphins

The big question mark for Tennessee obviously is QB Vince Young. I wrote earlier today that it doesn’t sound like he will play , and that means Kerry Collins would get the starting nod.

WR Kenny Britt is out with a hamstring – potentially for the rest of the regular season – but that’s where Randy Moss is supposed to come in and perform.

For Miami, a couple backups (CB Tyrone Culver and WR Roberto Wallace) are questionable, and although some of the team’s most important players (T Jake Long, LB Karlos Dansby, S Chris Clemons and TE Anthony Fasano) are on the injury list, all of them are probable and should play.

Jets at Browns

One of the stranger stories of the week was Browns LB Marcus Benard who collapsed in the locker room Thursday and was sent to the hospital for tests. He didn’t practice Friday and is questionable to play. But Benard, who leads the team with 4 ½ sacks, wants to be out there, and it’s certainly possible Cleveland could allow him to do so.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both questionable, but at this point, it’s hard to see how coach Eric Mangini could insert either given the way Colt McCoy has played the past three games.

The Jets are pretty healthy. CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot) G Matt Slauson (knee) and T Damien Woody (knee) are on the injury list, but all are listed as probable.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:07 pm

An abundance of fines in NFL Friday

Posted by Andy Benoit

There were no major injuries from illegal hits last week, but that doesn’t make said hits any less illegal. Thus, James Harrison was not the only player who drew a fine after Week 8. Sorting through the various tweets that have been rolling out this Friday afternoon, here are other players who received a letter from the NFL, requesting (demanding) a charitable donation:

Jason Babin, DE, Titans $20,000 (hit on Philip Rivers; repeat offender)

Manny Lawson, LB, 49ers $12,500 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)

Ahmad Brooks, LB, 49ers $10,000 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)

Chris Clemons, DE, Seahawks $7,500 (unnecessary late hit on Jason Campbell; repeat offender)

Gary Guyton, LB, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre)

Myron Pryor, DL, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre – the chin shot)

Some of these hits were flagged, some weren’t. Obviously, the NFL didn’t feel any were as egregious as the one Ernie Sims ($50,000 fine) laid on Lavelle Hawkins in Week 7. But the point is becoming clearer and clearer: the NFL is serious about cleaning up the illegal hits.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:17 pm

Video of James Harrison's $20,000 hit

Posted by Andy Benoit

James Harrison has been fined for another illegal hit, though this time the blow – both the one Harrison delivered and the one his wallet endured – was far less significant. The NFL fined the Steelers linebacker $20,000 for his late hit on Drew Brees Sunday night.

If you have not yet seen the play, here you go:

Posted on: November 4, 2010 12:31 am

The James Harrison run down

Posted by Andy Benoit

Lost in all the Randy Moss hoopla is what’s happening with Steelers linebacker James Harrison. You may recall that the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was flagged for another head shot Sunday night at New Orleans, this time from the back on a dJ. Harrison (US Presswire)efenseless quarterback (Drew Brees). Harrison’s hit did not appear to be especially violent or intentionally malicious, but the NFL does not care about intent – only results.

There is no word yet on whether Harrison has yet been fined for the hit, but Wednesday the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that on Tuesday, the linebacker visited the 14th floor of 280 This meeting with the commissioner was not part of Harrison’s appeal of his $75,000 fine from his October 17 shot on Mohammad Massaquoi (that appeal is schedule for November 9). Rather, according to Bill Praise, Harrison’s agent, the meeting was “an exchange of ideas and an opportunity for both sides to learn and grow”. In other words, Harrison is still questioning the NFL’s policy on illegal hits. (Praise also said, “These types of meeting should have taken place before [players] were fined $75,000.”)

Goodell, who called Harrison when the linebacker was “contemplating retirement” (and those are air quotes), requested the meeting. Harrison was accompanied by Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert. (The Steelers sure like to send their bigwigs to these player-commissioner meetings – president Art Rooney joined Ben Roethlisberger for his sit down back in the summer.)

"It was just for him to hear my side of things and for them to help me understand exactly what the rules are as far as helmet-to-helmet contact," Harrison said Wednesday, according to NFL.com. "So I spoke my mind. They said what they had to say. We had a semi-productive meeting, I guess. ... I came away with a better understanding, and I think they got a better understanding of how I see things."

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:11 am

Harrison's hit on Brees probably getting a look

Posted by Will Brinson

James Harrison was so upset by the NFL's decision to actually start enforcing its 'big hit' policy that he almost retired when he got fined $75,000 for his play against the Cleveland Browns.

There's a pretty good chance that he'll be upset this week too, because it seems like a good bet that the NFL will review his hit on Drew Brees by Harrison from Sunday night. He was cited for a personal foul on the play and it seems likely that a fine and/or suspension will be coming his way, considering that the hit was late (Brees had clearly released a pass), it was on a major star quarterback, and Harrison practically lined up his helmet and hit Brees from behind.

Posted on: October 31, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 1:03 pm

League meeting to discuss disciplining Ernie Sims

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 7 of NFL action was all happy, shiny and not full of helmet-to-helmet hits -- the league praised all the players and everyone was full of hugs. Turns out though, it wasn't everyone -- CBS Sports' Charley Casserly noted on The NFL Today that Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims laid a filthy dirty hit against a defenseless Titans player on Sunday (film backs that up).

And Casserly says the league is meeting this week to discuss how to discipline Sims. Given that Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison and Dunta Robinson got tagged with $50,000-plus fines, it seems like a good bet that Sims will get nailed with a large fine and, quite likely, a suspension.

That's just our making a presumption of course, but it seems logical given the way in which the league cracked down on helmet-to-helmet hits two weeks ago.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:22 pm

James Harrison affected by new rules

J. Harrison had to watch himself last week against Miami (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steelers LB James Harrison, a few days after playing his first game in an NFL world in which devastating helmet-to-helmet hits can get you suspended, admitted he backed off at times during Pittsburgh’s win vs. the Dolphins last Sunday.

That’s what he told Showtime’s Inside the NFL, via Pro Football Talk, and he said it caused him to be extremely unproductive.

"We can still play the game, but it's not the same,” he said.

During the broadcast, producers showed footage in which Harrison appeared to be less aggressive than normal. Harrison said that was a true assessment, because he was worried about facing a suspension.

He also discussed the fact he’s not worried about permanently hurting himself with one of his explosive hits.

"If that happens it's going to suck, but hopefully I'll have made enough money and put in enough time that my kids don't have to worry about it," Harrison said. "If I've got to go through a little bit of hell so they don't have to, I'm fine with that."

Losing $75,000 a pop for illegal hits wouldn’t help his bottom line either. Perhaps that’s another reason he won’t permanently injure himself with an excessive hit and will, once again, back off the next time he has a chance to blow up an opposing player. If so, good on the NFL.

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