Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn’t think he broke the rules when he delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit against Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. And he continued to make his case on Tuesday’s Dan Patrick Show.
But even without an intent to injure, playing in a way that is intended to inflict pain inevitably will result in injury. Or, possibly, playing in a way aimed at merely teaching a lesson.
“He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train, and the train wasn’t coming off the track,” Harrison said in August after flattening Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, who made the mistake of trying to tackle Harrison after he returned a turnover that ultimately was turned over by replay review.
“He was popping off down there the first
time they were about to score,” Harrison said. “So you run your mouth, expect to get
something. Everything’s between the lines, so he got what he had
Sorry, but a guy like that won’t learn his lesson from a fine or a single-game suspension.
We’re not sure even a multi-game suspension would change him.