Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather and Steelers linebacker James Harrison figured to be fined at the very least for their hits on Sunday.
The question, in the wake of the NFL’s statements on helmet-to-helmet hits on Monday, is whether they will be suspended. Meriweather and Harrison’s comments indicate that may be the only way to change their behavior.
“I was playing aggressive and something happened,” Meriweather said on WEEI Monday via the Boston Herald. “I’m going to be aggressive. Point blank. I won’t change my game, period. I’m sorry it happened.”
“It’s football. You’ve got a lot of good players, where you think one
thing, and another thing can happen in a split-second,” Meriweather said. “My split-second decision
was to be aggressive and not wait for it.”
Harrison, meanwhile, is taking heat for knocking out Browns wideout Mohammad Massaquoi. The NFL confirmed to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Harrison’s hit that knocked out Josh Cribbs was legal, but they are reviewing the Massaquoi hit.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the hits were clean after the game. So did Harrison.