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Another fine coming for James Harrison

Two weeks after he was fined $75,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, Steelers linebacker James Harrison can expect to be fined again.

Harrison drilled Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday night and was flagged for roughing the passer. NFL discipline will be forthcoming, and the biggest question is how harshly the league office decides to treat Harrison, as a repeat offender.

The good news for Harrison, according to an ESPN report from Adam Schefter, is that it doesn’t look like Harrison will be suspended, and he’ll get off with just a fine.

No word yet on whether the fine will be substantial enough to make Harrison think about retirement again.

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  1. ShaKey says: Nov 1, 2010 7:41 PM

    Maybe he’ll wine and retire now.

  2. Rogue says: Nov 1, 2010 7:43 PM

    Bull shit that was a clean hit what the heck do they want

  3. Rex Grossman says: Nov 1, 2010 7:44 PM

    YO ROGER I GOT CHILDREN TO FEED MAN!!!

  4. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Nov 1, 2010 7:45 PM

    C’mon big Roger! Suspend this caveman!
    All talk. C’mon gODell!

  5. Scotty Fargo says: Nov 1, 2010 7:45 PM

    Indefinite suspension. Harrison is out to do one thing and one thing only, make malicious hits and try to injure players. Goodell needs to clean this up once and for all since these fines are doing any good, or harrison is too stupid to get the hint. Which is wuite possible.

  6. ninjapleazee says: Nov 1, 2010 7:46 PM

    he’ll probably cry and retire for a day

  7. Rogue says: Nov 1, 2010 7:46 PM

    What about the hit Favre took, a helmet on the chin

  8. Dins42 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:46 PM

    Maybe he should retire, if only to send a message. Yes, it was a late hit, I’m not debating that, but the fact that the NFL obviously has a hit list of players it will bring the hammer down on is revolting. There were PLENTY of brutal hits on Sunday across the league…but I’m sure the one that gets the biggest fine (if not the only fine) will be Harrison.

  9. pittzburghkid says: Nov 1, 2010 7:46 PM

    I played this game and have always supported and loved it. If Roger Goodell continues to dilute the contact portion of this game he will lose myself and many others who support and love the game.

  10. tooz56 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:47 PM

    OK Just put flags on the top “superstar” QBs at this point. Jason Campbell was hit just as late Vs the Seahawks and there wasn’t even a flag.

  11. BigMFBen says: Nov 1, 2010 7:49 PM

    Goodell and his minions are corrupt. End of story.
    What about the H2H hit to the back of Hines’ head last night?

  12. Helinski739 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:49 PM

    Jesus Christ – put a bell, a whistle, a flag or some bullcrap on the QB why don’t you. The NFL is being ruined.

  13. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Nov 1, 2010 7:50 PM

    im sure he’ll cry about…i mean tell us how he feels when he gets the fine.

  14. Lott42 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:52 PM

    Harrison fined? No way.

  15. ravenman says: Nov 1, 2010 7:52 PM

    cant wait to hear him cry about this……..its gonna be fun

  16. megabeast37215 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:53 PM

    This is such crap…. I’d do anything to have James Harrison playing for my team. The guy plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played.

  17. BenChokesHisChikin says: Nov 1, 2010 7:53 PM

    Stay Classy Pittsburgh!!!!!!
    If you can’t play within the rules James “Silverback” Harrison, just quit!!!
    And take the degenerate rapist with you.
    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!!

  18. bump says: Nov 1, 2010 7:54 PM

    I am a die hard saints fan ,, but to tell you the truth it wasn’t that bad of a hit on brees,, harrison was doing his job to me ,his helent slide up on bress and I don’t think he was after to hurt brees, flag yes but a fine come on thats really getting stupid ,,,,, whooooooooooooooooo dattttttttttttttttttttttt

  19. dachshund says: Nov 1, 2010 7:55 PM

    Oh no. The crybaby might threaten to retire again…

  20. Katmanduu says: Nov 1, 2010 7:57 PM

    Any word on whether the umpire and/or referree will be fined due to the lack of a holding call on the Saints O-Lineman for holding Harrison? Looking at the replay, the lineman had Harrison in a headlock, but it’s Harrison who gets fined?
    Goodell and his Band of Boobs need to clean the holding up on offensive linemen more than anything else.

  21. SteelTown-6 says: Nov 1, 2010 8:04 PM

    ..all the scared wusses come out of the woodwork calling for Harrison’s head.

  22. tylerzappa says: Nov 1, 2010 8:05 PM

    this is retarded…it shouldn’t have even been a penalty.
    i hate the steelers and think harrison is a goon but clearly the refs are looking for him to make bad plays
    the hit on favre was way worse

  23. troysteelerfan says: Nov 1, 2010 8:07 PM

    Wow! Not sure what to say except that I would hope that the league is consistent with this stuff. If every player who gets called for roughing the passer is fined then “okay” but if not … WTF? It was late, but not, flagrant. The NFL is trying to turn this into flag football and is inconsistent in its decisions. Its becoming a joke and I am sick of QBs crying and whining for calls constantly – they are aware of the risk when they agree to be a QB – if you don’t like contact – be a punter or kicker.

  24. Deb says: Nov 1, 2010 8:10 PM

    The Steelers/Saints game was well-officiated and the Steelers lost fair and square. James was flagged for a late hit on Brees. If he’d been a heartbeat faster, it would have been a bad call, but as it was, I’m okay with it … or I was.
    Harrison did not spear Brees or make intentional helmet-to-helmet contact. There was also clear helmet-to-helmet contact when the two defenders sandwiched Ward in the endzone on the offensive-interference play. The contact was unintentional and incidental. But if the NFL fines Harrison, the NO defenders should be fined, too. But they won’t be.
    This isn’t about a rules violation; it’s punishment for Harrison speaking out and for Tomlin calling out the league for making James their poster child for pulling up. Apparently Goodell plans to take a well-played, well-officiated game with no problems and create another sideshow out of vindictiveness. The sad thing is that I’m not surprised.

  25. Kay Bee says: Nov 1, 2010 8:10 PM

    BigMFBen says:
    November 1, 2010 7:49 PM
    Goodell and his minions are corrupt. End of story.
    What about the H2H hit to the back of Hines’ head last night?
    ————————————————
    Hines Ward is the dirtiest player in the league…stop crying.

  26. the 9th plague says: Nov 1, 2010 8:14 PM

    huaaa.. huaaa..! wut a tool.. he almost cried when he got flagged.. & he is cheap too.. 75 grand is worth a win, harry potter..
    ah.. by they way.. thought y’all was commin’ down to kick our ain’t a$$.. wut happened..? huaaaaaaaaaaa.. huaaaaaaaaaa..

  27. Raven Muscle Sucks Dick says: Nov 1, 2010 8:15 PM

    I love this game as much as everyone else. No other sport matters in this country. I have no problems with solid, tough football. But Harrison is becoming nothing more than a cheap shot artist. As Rodney Harrison states, fines do absolutely nothing. Goodell MUST suspend Harrison for 1 game. Then if the infractions continue, then bump it up to 2 games. Obviously, this jackass just doesn’t get it.
    Look, being a QB is by far the hardest position to play on the field. There is enormous amount of responsibility that comes with being a QB in the NFL. If it is so easy, why are there really only 10-12 decent QB’s on this planet. They don’t grow on trees or everyone would have a Brees, Manning, Brady, etc. As such, the NFL MUST protect the most important player on the field. Every player knows this.
    No problem with hard clean legal hits. But Harrison is not about that. A clean legal hit is not enough for him. He has now stooped to being classified as a total cheap shot con artist.
    Anything short of a suspension is nothing but laughable with the salaries these players make. Goodell must make an example out of Harrison. Obviously, he doesn’t get it. Total block head.

  28. Ran5345 says: Nov 1, 2010 8:18 PM

    You can only say it so many times NFL = NATIONAL FINE LEAGUE which is so bs.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAhilHh_aCw I am a Steeler fan but come on, no helmet to helmet hit, was a little late, but he got flagged…..really another major fine for this?? I guess we can forget the hit Ward got (with helmet) and the hit Farve took (with helmet) of course those don’t count.

  29. js136202 says: Nov 1, 2010 8:20 PM

    It was a late hit, the second it happened I said “Harrison just got his fine for the week.”
    With that being said, it was fairly minor and shouldn’t be anywhere as huge as his last fine. The operative term is “shouldn’t.”

  30. Steelers+Refs=True Love says: Nov 1, 2010 8:21 PM

    Hahahaha, that made my day. How hard is it to get your helmet out the way? Clay Matthews Jr is a beast this year, doesnt need to use his helmet.

  31. realfootball says: Nov 1, 2010 8:21 PM

    It figures a bunch of girls trying to tell real football players how to play the game. Go back to playing with your dolls.

  32. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 1, 2010 8:23 PM

    just make sure to give him a box of kleenex.

  33. tooz56 says: Nov 1, 2010 8:24 PM

    It was an aggressive hit yes, but within the rules. He did NOT hit his helmet, below his thighs or drive him to the ground. He was just letting “Superstar” QB Brees know he was close by. It’s how the game has always been played, and a reason why is is the #1 sport in the country. BUT if injuries are up, no “enhanced” season for the money hungry owners.

  34. andyprough says: Nov 1, 2010 8:25 PM

    Roethlisberger takes late hits every game – no fines, very few flags, no suspensions
    MDS – you think that the smaller the qb, the greater the fines should be? And that big old country boys like Roethlisberger should just keep taking hits and no one should care?

  35. Bubby Brister says: Nov 1, 2010 8:31 PM

    I can understand the fine on Massaquoi, even though I disagreed with it. It was questionable enough to fine him for it.
    This one, on the other hand, is completely asinine.
    Check out the replay. As Harrison comes in (from Drew’s blindside, mind you) and hits him, he very clearly uses his hand to try to knock the ball out of Drew’s hand (the strip sack master trying to do what he does best). Pretty clear evidence to me that Harrison couldn’t see what was going on, was moving too fast to change course, and/or had zero intent on being dirty and 100% intent on making a play for his team. I don’t even want to call this is an opinion because it’s borderline fact.
    Unbelievable. If you still think this was cheap or dirty after you watch it for yourself, you are truly a freaking idiot.

  36. somesome says: Nov 1, 2010 8:34 PM

    Lets see what the fine will be. Nothing to get your panties in a knot for $10K or less. They are handed out every week to a jandful of players. Just most of the time nobody cares about and now it is more out in front.

  37. louisianafootballfan says: Nov 1, 2010 8:37 PM

    I think that this was definitely a late hit, but not a dirty one.

  38. debthebusybody says: Nov 1, 2010 8:54 PM

    harrison is horrible.
    i am not a steelers fan…actually couldn’t care less but i think i will show up and shoot my mouth off.

  39. benjaminbreeg says: Nov 1, 2010 8:57 PM

    Note to the NFL:
    Please kick the piece of sh#t out of the league for good.

  40. NCSaint says: Nov 1, 2010 8:58 PM

    Saints fan here…
    I don’t see that as a play that should be fined. He was penalized for the hit and that was adequate. No fine needed.
    NCSaint

  41. BSPN says: Nov 1, 2010 9:00 PM

    Ridiculous. The NFL should start giving out fines for the O-lineman that hold him on every play.

  42. melikefootball says: Nov 1, 2010 9:00 PM

    This has become the biggest looser league behind baseball and basketball. The league office has lost its mind. Fine a player for a face mask last week and talk of suspension for Harrison Sunday night, especially when two Pittsburgh player were hitting the QB. The NFL fine system is stinking up this league.

  43. ftomeo says: Nov 1, 2010 9:05 PM

    I see a guy drop his head into the back/neck area of a QB who clearly had already thrown the ball.. and for good measure swung his arm feebly pretending to swipe at a ball that wasn’t there. Not a very “dirty” hit in the sense of being painful and malicious — just completely horrible football and clearly outside the rules.
    But, hey, we all clearly see different things.

  44. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 1, 2010 9:05 PM

    look at all these sissies complaining../ I bet 97% of you fairies never played a legit down in your life. Shut up , get off our site. and go watch soccer you lil fruits.

  45. LebronJeremy says: Nov 1, 2010 9:09 PM

    @Steelers+refs=truelove
    You are a moron. Watch the play before you comment. As a matter of fact, watch football period.
    Moron…

  46. Ilovefoolsball says: Nov 1, 2010 9:12 PM

    I hope he at least video tapes himself and posts it on youtube when he cries and says “THAT’S IT YOU GUYS! I’M QUITTING! SCREW YOU GUYS I’M GOING HOME!”

  47. DaveD says: Nov 1, 2010 9:13 PM

    Florio,
    A better article for you is the seemingly harrasment the league is paying on one individual and how the NFLPA may look at this as heavy handed.
    This could become an issue during the CBA.
    I don’t believe all late hits get a fine associated with them.
    I see an inequitable punitive system in the NFL. A witch hunt is a witch hunt.
    Even Collinsworth said it’s late, but it wasn’t as though it was over the top helmet to helmet.
    DaveD

  48. rajuncajun63 says: Nov 1, 2010 9:24 PM

    Stealers fans sound just like the Viqueens – citing every excuse for losing. Why can’t you just admit you got whipped by the Who Dat Nation? You didn’t hear the Saints fans making up excuses when we lost to Cleveland, Atlanta and the Cards. Bottom line – you got beat and exposed by a better team….Who Dat, We Dat, Two Dat…..and, your team is full of dirty, filthy players….only way for you to win….

  49. BleedPurpler says: Nov 1, 2010 9:27 PM

    Couldn’t happen to nicer guy. While watching the Saints game last night, I noticed this worthless tackler lower his head on more than one occasion. I cannot see how Tomlin endorses that or ever coached that tackling technique. But then, I do not attend football practices…… Maybe he will think about retiring again and truly do it. If so, he may actually save himself from being a vegetable or quadriplegic. He is definitely setting a poor example for younger players at all levels.

  50. r1xopp03 says: Nov 1, 2010 9:31 PM

    James Harrisson isn’t trash or a dirty player. He’s a player that gives it his all on every play. Now he (James) is no Ray Lewis, but they have the same intensity when on the field and the ball is in play. Remember Ray Lewis was excited he ended Mendenhalls season his rookie year. The League didn’t say a word.
    Harrisson blows up 2 guys on a bad weekend for NFL skill players and now he’s a dirty repeat offender? He said himself he isn’t out to end carrers, but he is out to hurt you. That is just intimidation (

  51. PSURavens says: Nov 1, 2010 9:31 PM

    I thought Harrison was being held on that play… isn’t that what all Steelers fan say about him?

  52. r1xopp03 says: Nov 1, 2010 9:37 PM

    Rajuncajun63
    I’m a huge Steelers fan and i’ll admit that the Saints in the 2nd half completely outplayed the Steelers. It was a hard hitting good football game. People could always make the woulda shoulda cases for thier teams loses, but plain and simply the Saints were the better team sunday.
    There was nothing dirty about the Steelers play on sunday – Because your team was hitting just as hard and playing just as intense. I’ll say it was good strategy on J.Jones part to piss off Troy P. He forgot to cover and was busy trying to kill the WR’s

  53. smithopher says: Nov 1, 2010 9:44 PM

    hahahah the funny thing is that while watching the game I saw the hit, saw the flag come out and instantly thought “oh, he’s gonna retire now!” hahahahah that’s funny

  54. Steelintn says: Nov 1, 2010 9:51 PM

    BenChokesHisChikin says:
    November 1, 2010 7:53 PM
    Stay Classy Pittsburgh!!!!!!
    ———————————————
    You have a screen name like that and then say stay classy?? What a retard you are…

  55. netdawg says: Nov 1, 2010 10:05 PM

    don’t let the door hitcha where the good Lord splitcha Pissbergkid and the rest of you chronies…
    don’t like NFL the way its set to be played, go watch the UFL.

  56. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 1, 2010 10:10 PM

    What about that hit on Farve that split his chin open? Or that helmet to Helmet hit on ward in the enzone? Two illegal hits and No fines. And Harrison , if you notice was breaking away from a massive hold as every other play that he bull rushes on and he hit Brees legally a second late. And he was held a total of 7 times on that game wining drives for the saints. He is the most held player in the NFL by far. It says no where in the rules about late hits being fined only Helmet to Helmet hits being fined. And that was no more late then the hit on Farve which wasn’t and won’t be fined.Obviously they rules only apply to Harrison.

  57. roadkill says: Nov 1, 2010 10:11 PM

    [generic Ravens fan] said:
    Goddell needs too kick him out of the leage!
    I’m tird of Stealer linbackars making Ray the Murderer look soft.

  58. Tobias Jodter says: Nov 1, 2010 10:24 PM

    Seriously, WHY isn’t the NFL fining Torrence for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Ward? I mean, why not?
    What about the helmet that busted up Favre?
    Big Ben gets nailed by a late hit at least once or twice a game and it never even gets called because he’s a big dude. This is an uneven and unfair selective application of the power of the NFL. In sum, it is BS and everyone knows it.

  59. Bikerhal says: Nov 1, 2010 10:25 PM

    That guy Harrison is a beast. Even in the beginning when the players say their name and where they played school, he looked dark and menacing, and he growled out the words. He is quite a specimen too – but he needs to tone it down some.

  60. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 1, 2010 10:29 PM

    Roethlisberger and Aaron rogers are hit late all the time, up high, down low way later than that hit on Brees. But yet never are called in their favor.

  61. tinopuno says: Nov 1, 2010 10:34 PM

    # pittzburghkid says: November 1, 2010 7:46 PM
    I played this game and have always supported and loved it. If Roger Goodell continues to dilute the contact portion of this game he will lose myself and many others who support and love the game.
    ——————————————————
    We’ll try to muddle through without you. Oh, and take that fat, ugly, stupid pig who rapes young girls with you.

  62. worsethings says: Nov 1, 2010 10:39 PM

    Suspend the dirtbag. Hit Brees from behind and lowered his head just before the hit.

  63. mborz says: Nov 1, 2010 10:47 PM

    Any thread about Harrison is going to have a lot of homerism and haterism, and this one is no exception.
    But, after seeing this hit and replaying it several times, one thing I know that’s true for any PFT commenter: If this were a linebacker on the team you root for and he was fined for this exact same hit on a QB, you’d be pissed. It was a relatively easy call for the 15 yard penalty, but I have no idea what the basis is for the fine, even though I agree the guy is a goof and deserved his previous fines. Is it based solely on his reputation? Or does any late hit on a QB qualify for a fine?
    There comes a point where people need to put aside their team colors and think about this objectively and at least try to be realistic about what the implications are going forward.

  64. poonhok says: Nov 1, 2010 10:53 PM

    Harrison is a thug, plain and simple.
    I sincerely some thoughtful lineman takes a shot at his knees to hasten any thoughts of retirement he might have …

  65. jmp527 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:01 PM

    Hines Ward is the dirtiest player in the league…stop crying.
    So it’s ok for Hines Ward to be hit in the back of the head when he is defenseless to the safety that drills him with his helmet? you’re a tool and shouldn’t be allowed to publicly post your opinion.

  66. Sailor6147 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:02 PM

    Another cheap shot artist-millionaire get slapped on the wrist………until they actually suspend someone, nothing will change.

  67. aljack says: Nov 1, 2010 11:02 PM

    hey harrisonheld16 – yea, you got that right.
    did you even see the play that where Favre got hit?

  68. msfootballlady says: Nov 1, 2010 11:02 PM

    All the comments about the Steelers and James Harrison must be coming from Dallas Cowgirls fans because they suck.
    And as for the others i am willing to bet that your team record suck this year (LOL) that is why you are hating.

  69. msfootballlady says: Nov 1, 2010 11:08 PM

    All the comments about the Steelers and James Harrison must be coming from Dallas Cowgirls fans because they suck.
    And as for the others i am willing to bet that your team record suck this year (LOL) that is why you are hating.

  70. florio4prez says: Nov 1, 2010 11:12 PM

    Wed morning (NFL offices): NFL fines James for legal, split-second late hit on Brees.
    Wed night (Roger’s house. Door bell rings. Roger answers the door.): “Yo, Rog! We had a game Halloween night so I’m a little late getting to your house. Trick or treat?”
    Here’s hoping trick.

  71. lawboy2000 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:12 PM

    Here’s the deal, folks: It wasn’t really a “late” hit. The reason Harrison was penalized is because he could have lessened or avoided the hit.
    Harrison had his head up coming around the corner and could see that Brees had thrown the ball before hitting him. Harrison had time (1.5 steps) to let up and just run into Brees instead of through him (really there was virtually no way to avoid some kind of collision at that point).
    Instead, Harrison dropped his head and drove his helmet into Brees’ back where it slid up into the bottom of Brees’ helmet. The helmet-to-helmet contact may have been incidental, but the ferocity of the hit was completely intentional and outside the rules.
    This is exactly the kind of hit that the NFL is focused on stopping.
    So was the helmet-to-helmet hit that Leigh Torrance delivered to Hines Ward as a defenseless receiver near the end of the first half. I don’t have a problem with calling Offensive Pass Interference, but I do have a problem with an NFL official who watches that play and FAILS to call the personal foul for helmet-to-helmet shot on the defenseless receiver.
    The official’s failure now makes it imperative that the NFL issue a fine to Torrance. Failure by the league to do so will only increase the fans’ and players’ frustration about this attempt to “enforce the current rules.”

  72. Blackn'Gold says: Nov 1, 2010 11:16 PM

    It was a late hit precipitated by Harrison being held by the offensive tackle. Don’t believe me watch the play. So the NFL shares responsibility because they refuse to call the almost constant holding on Harrison. So he is late to the hit. The situation is a sham. Just like the NFL.

  73. chfron11 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:16 PM

    as a nfl fan for years.i wonder what game most of you have been watching all these years?these hits have been a staple and a money maker for the nfl all these years. and now goddell whos mother never let him play wants to change the game?have any of you been listing?no nfl player is saying hes right ,there saying thayd rather take a hit like these then have someone take out there knees.if you think harrison is dirty then you wouldnt have wanted to see guys like l.taylor,l alzado,h.long,you can keep going on and on.the media is selling this crap and you as fly by night fans are takeing the bait,pretty soon all you crying how dirty players are will be calling for women to play also.me im old school i want to see the big hits ,i think the real fans of the nfl should let the owners of the teams know that thayd rather see the game not all these flags,this is not flag football.

  74. trickbunny says: Nov 1, 2010 11:20 PM

    Good. I hope they start fining him just for being on the field with that “I am a rich athlete but can’t add 2 + 2″ look of stupidity on his face . It’ll make up for the hundreds of cheap shots he took at players and *didn’t* get fined for :)

  75. Deb says: Nov 1, 2010 11:36 PM

    debthebusybody says:
    November 1, 2010 8:54 PM
    harrison is horrible.
    i am not a steelers fan…actually couldn’t care less but i think i will show up and shoot my mouth off.
    ————————————————-
    Aw, little Packer boy … how flattering for you to spend sooo much time on me. The name of the site is ProFootballTalk, darlin’, and I care about the game–not just my team. Obviously my comments about your sad Favre-hatred struck a nerve or you wouldn’t be running around whining about me making them. As you can see from my comments on the Steelers threads, I take our losses like a grownup. Maturity–you should try it sometime.

  76. Saints-America'sTeam says: Nov 1, 2010 11:42 PM

    I’ve looked at the play MANY times. Harrison lowers his head just before a late impact. It was a SLIGHTLY late hit led with a helmet.
    What I found most interesting, however, is Drew Brees felt the hit, got up and and was ready to go again WITHOUT whining, WITHOUT drama, just plain football.

  77. Jaredfallon says: Nov 1, 2010 11:49 PM

    @pittzburghkid says:
    November 1, 2010 7:46 PM
    I played this game and have always supported and loved it. If Roger Goodell continues to dilute the contact portion of this game he will lose myself and many others who support and love the game.
    No one wants to hear about your highschool football stories puss bag. Don’t try to compare your weak ass experience to NFL experience Al Bundy

  78. flymire says: Nov 2, 2010 12:02 AM

    The whole thing is ridiculous. Steeler linebackers have AWAYS been the best and everyone is boo-hoo jealous. Late hits happen, helmets to helmets happen. I’m not saying the blatent, kill em, hurt em hits, but you have 250-300+ pd men runnin around trying to knock each other down…..its gonna happen. There are many more players that are nasty and mean but don’t have the talent so they are not looked at like the Steeler D. It’s ok for Hines to get helmeted because “he’s the dirtiest player in the league”. Fok it, put flags on their hips and get it over with.

  79. rubberneck says: Nov 2, 2010 1:01 AM

    Fine him. Hargrove and McCray had to pay up last year for their hits on Favre. What makes Harrison so special?

  80. Chrisl4064 says: Nov 2, 2010 4:40 AM

    @roadkill I’m tird of tat too! Stealer linbackars alwas macking Ray the Murdurur lok sofft!

  81. 10TwoSaint says: Nov 2, 2010 4:42 AM

    I all all for protecting Drew Brees from late hits…but I don’t think that this hit warrants a fine. JMHO.

  82. Ripp says: Nov 2, 2010 4:49 AM

    Of course he is not going to be suspended. The league has been babying this guy since the new rules took effect. Last week the league singled him out, saying he played great under the new rules when he was not much of a impact in the game and then gave him a bogus INT on top of that.
    The helmet to helmet hit was not bad, hell I probably would not have even thrown a flag on the play, but it is obvious he is receiving special treatment from the league.

  83. Finkstein says: Nov 2, 2010 6:57 AM

    The fining is getting slightly ridiculous. My main gripe is defensive players job is to hit people, force fumbles, sack the QB yadda yadda yadda. One mistake and a fine is coming. Noone plays the game 100% perfect, sometimes you know, peoples timings off and accidents can happen. Is that reason for a fine?
    Flagrant and obvious late hits yes, milisecond late hits no.
    And flip this to the offense, if a WR doesn’t do his job and drops a catch he should be fined. If a QB fumbles he should be fined, etc ;)

  84. ravenfan820 says: Nov 2, 2010 7:04 AM

    Again!!! Another example of the Steelers as a thug team with their thug coach defending them…..
    Finally, the league has stopped protecting that franchise…..

  85. LebronJeremy says: Nov 2, 2010 7:14 AM

    @PSURaven,
    Your tackles have yet to block him legally. The Only way they could protect Joe Flaccid is to choke Harrison.

  86. CO55 says: Nov 2, 2010 7:27 AM

    After reading most of these comments I have to ask….
    Do any fans whine more than Pittsburgh fans?

  87. BucsbeBALLIN5 says: Nov 2, 2010 7:28 AM

    Everyone that says that it’s real football…..WTF u on? U tellin me I’m allowed to just nail ya in the head after the play? Sight cool. U guys r idiots sometimes. I agree that the hit wasn’t dirty. But his other shots have been.

  88. SteelerChick says: Nov 2, 2010 7:28 AM

    James’ hit was a split second late but in no way was Brees injured or even shaken up. What will Art II have to say if another fine is imposed on James Harrison? He spoke out for James when he was fined $75k and warned the NFL about their heavy-handedness on this issue. The NFL promotes hard-hitting football by selling DVDs and photos of such hits. Steeler fans can show their discontent by joining the Facebook page, “Pay James Harrison’s Bogus Fine” and sending $1 to Roger Goodell as a statement against these absurd fines (all money goes to James Harrison’s charity, Sack 4 Kids). After being awarded Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, James Harrison is now their poster boy for this ridiculous policy. Speak out, fans. The traditional game of hard-hitting, smashmouth football is at risk!

  89. shaunypoo says: Nov 2, 2010 7:39 AM

    When the refs go into a game, they know who the dirty players are, watch them even more closely, and call penalties that much quicker. It happens in every sport, to every team, and in every game. You do something illegal, it is a good bet that you have done it before and will do it again. It happens in society as well. Maybe you only robbed that one bank, and promise not to do it again, you will still be watched once you get out of prison.
    Harrison is sowing what is the result of human nature. Sorry, get used to it, and for God’s sake, quit whining like a little bitch.

  90. BengalsDouche2 says: Nov 2, 2010 7:48 AM

    Well, he’ll at least get another 75k fine. It shouldn’t be any less than the last one he received. He’ll continue to play dirty. And now we’ll have to hear him cry all week about wanting to retire. I like seeing the Steelers fans on here talking how Harrison plays the game as it should be. Yeah he’s out to injur someone. Hell he even said that in an interview. He was out to take their “best man out of the game”. That’s not the point of hitting someone in football. Apparently the Steelers organization likes to teach dirty play. That wouldn’t surprise me at all. And to that jackass earlier who said “i’ve played this game and Goodell is diluting the sport”. Dude you played HS football and maybe a junior college. The hits there are NOTHING like the hits these guys are taking in the NFL. You can’t even compare the two. So unless you’re a previous NFL player, you have no idea how traumatizing some of these hits can be on a player’s body. You’re a moron.

  91. Steelers+Refs=True Love says: Nov 2, 2010 8:07 AM

    Calling me a moron, yeah great comeback. Yes I did watch the game, I didn’t think the hit was that bad. But hey, I’m not the league, not my decision to fine him, i just thought it was funny. And my other point was, the other elite defenders in the league haven’t had this issue such as Ray Lewis, Clay Matthews, etc. But if I’m a moron to you, I can live with that.

  92. Jack Burton says: Nov 2, 2010 8:10 AM

    He’s vicious, oh my god he’s running around like a crazed lunatic. Some of you sissies should man up. This isn’t soccer or chess, it’s a speed game played by huge men and sometimes someone gets hurt. Get a life if you think that was a vicious dirty hit, go watch winter olympics.

  93. BengalsDouche2 says: Nov 2, 2010 8:39 AM

    Harrison put a target on his own back by saying that he wanted to retire since he didn’t feel he could play within the NFL rules. He’s an idiot. Just by saying that the refs are going to watch you like a hawk and wait for you to mess up just a little bit. He did this to himself with that BS all week about retiring and not being able to play the game within the rules. He basically said he has to play dirty or not at all. What a POS. He’s not out to end someone’s career but he blatantly said he’s out to injur someone. He wants to knock the best player out of the game.

  94. Vee says: Nov 2, 2010 8:44 AM

    You know what? The simple fact is; there’s a new sherrif in town and the expectations for hitting are different now . It’s just like the rest of us who work for a living. If you’re smart, you make the adjustment required from a new boss, the sale of our company, new workplace rules, changes in procedures, etc. Who doesn’t have to do this?
    NFL players aren’t any different and simply need to do the same thing we all do everyday. Pretty simple in my book. Grow up, stop whining, be grateful to make so much money, and play the game.

  95. Holeinone09 says: Nov 2, 2010 8:45 AM

    This is really getting to be ridiculous, with the NFL supposedly looking out for the safety of players all of a sudden, while not paying for long-term health insurance after they can’t make money for the league anymore. And selling pics of these supposed illegal hits. GODell is acting like Steinbrenner and Jerry Jones and Al Davis towards the entire league. He may regret his incessant interference and micro-management on these issues.
    Everyone has an opinion on if the hit was late, was it too dirty, etc. So what? Harrison will pay the fine, and who knows the Steelers may pay it for him in the background. And then he will line up and play the game like he plays it, and the chips will fall where they may. A suspension will set a really bad precedent that GODell doesn’t want to set.
    And oh yeah, to the morons who are saying the Steelers fans are whining, so what the hell are YOU doing when talking about this issue? YOU are whining that Harrison is a thug and should be fined! You damn hypocrits.
    GO STEELERS!!

  96. Bdrunk says: Nov 2, 2010 8:58 AM

    BenChokesHisChikin says:
    November 1, 2010 7:53 PM
    Stay Classy Pittsburgh!!!!!!
    If you can’t play within the rules James “Silverback” Harrison, just quit!!!
    And take the degenerate rapist with you.
    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!!
    ————————–
    I just want you to know that your lessons on “Staying classy” have convinced me that what I really need to do, stat, is to find a new football team to support, as well as change hometowns. Your wit and wisdom consistently captivate the room, and therefore I’ve decided that I should follow your lead. Perhaps a name change to start? Hmmm, how about something really innovative like PittSUX or LOLRAPELOL? Or to really up the funny factor, something involving poop? I look forward to more examples of you “Staying classy”.

  97. Rip says: Nov 2, 2010 9:03 AM

    Deb says:
    November 1, 2010 8:10 PM
    The Steelers/Saints game was well-officiated and the Steelers lost fair and square. James was flagged for a late hit on Brees. If he’d been a heartbeat faster, it would have been a bad call, but as it was, I’m okay with it … or I was.
    Harrison did not spear Brees or make intentional helmet-to-helmet contact. There was also clear helmet-to-helmet contact when the two defenders sandwiched Ward in the endzone on the offensive-interferen ce play. The contact was unintentional and incidental. But if the NFL fines Harrison, the NO defenders should be fined, too. But they won’t be.
    This isn’t about a rules violation; it’s punishment for Harrison speaking out and for Tomlin calling out the league for making James their poster child for pulling up. Apparently Goodell plans to take a well-played, well-officiated game with no problems and create another sideshow out of vindictiveness. The sad thing is that I’m not surprised.
    ————————————–
    +1
    Harrison’s hit was late, it happens. He was flagged, that should be the end of it. It wasn’t intentional or dirty. I’m not sure why the league suddenly thinks a defender can immediately put on the air brakes at the last split second.
    BTW, I’m a diehard Saints fan, not a Steeler fan.

  98. RexRyanHasntSeenHisDinkySince1987 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:05 AM

    It boggles the mind how people can look at 2 plays, and see them completely different. I am sure it has nothing to do with fan bias (LMFAO, almost said it with a straight face).
    The 2 plays I am referring to, Harrison hitting Brees, and Pryor hitting Favre. Lets start with Harrison. Not only was Harrison late when he hit Brees, but he didnt even attempt to go lower. I dont understand what Harrison was thinking. If e put his shoulder into Brees’ lower back/hip area, no one would even be talking about it. But instead, he goes very high on Brees, and puts his forehead right into the back of Brees’ head/neck. How the F can anyone say that he didnt have bad intentions when he brought the hammer down on the back of Brees’ head???? Let me be clear, I am not saying I agree with GODell, but this is the letter of the law. That is a clear example of what GODell is trying to remove from the game, how stupid can you be???
    For the Favre hit, I sit here and say it was a clear case of a dirty hit. Pryor hit Favre dead in the center of his chest, the momentum of Pryor going forward, and Favre going backwards cause the helmet to move up under his chin. I would be very surprised if he gets fined for that.
    To recap, for the Steelers fans that will get on me, even though I was clear that I disagree with GODell. Harrison’s hit was as dirty as they come (in todays NFL) and Pryor’s hit didnt look like anything more than a football play….

  99. kmart0319 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:17 AM

    Steeler Chick – I guess a penalty or fine is only warranted if the QB is injured? Go back to pullin tricks at the trailer park…

  100. theroc5156 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:51 AM

    It was a late hit. Not sure about if it’s worth a fine though. Had he not had his previous fines, they probably wouldn’t fine him for this hit. The $75,000 fine on the Massaquoi hit was too steep.
    That being said, please trade him to the Bengals. At least he’s actually getting to the QB.

  101. if yer not first... says: Nov 2, 2010 10:07 AM

    Hey, Michael, how do you know what Schefter said? I was listening to him at halftime last night and had to run the tivo back 4 times before I could figure out what the hell he said.
    If you see him tell him to SLOW DOWN and E-NUNC-I-ATE.

  102. Steelerschick43 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:10 AM

    BenChokesHisChikin says:
    November 1, 2010 7:53 PM
    Stay Classy Pittsburgh!!!!!!
    If you can’t play within the rules James “Silverback” Harrison, just quit!!!
    And take the degenerate rapist with you.
    Stay classy Pittsburgh!!!
    ——————————————-
    Sweetie is this Ron Burgandy?????? You say this way too much!!! Stay classy Pittsburgh…please!!
    That being said..this is just another way for Goodell to stop the Steelers from making a run for Superbowl…he tried to screw us with keeping Ben out for 4 games….didn’t work didn’t it Rog?? We were 3-1 when Ben came back….NOW he’s going to fine Harrison for every tackle…this is ridiculous!!!!
    YOu can say Stay classy Pittsburgh all you want and trust me I see you say this alot but Harrison is doing his fruitin job here!! Because of 3 bad hits now Harrison is a marked man…did anyone else evaluate any of the other tackles during the other games??? NOOOOOOOO! The NFL can suck it as far as Im concerned! I think they should just turn it in to what it is now….flag football league!!!! Im beginning to hate football now and Im a die hard football fan!!!!!

  103. Brusci is Poncherello says: Nov 2, 2010 10:16 AM

    22 times Sunday night Harrison rushed the passer..20 times he was held…18 times were blantant holds..1 time the offensive lineman was called for holding……F U GOODELL..

  104. goboys82 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:19 AM

    Steelers fans whining about bad calls from the refs… how ironic. Guess the Pittsburgh-native refs weren’t at this game.

  105. Holeinone09 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:51 AM

    Looks to me like those calling for Harrison to be fined/suspended/etc. are whining at least as much as anybody else. Hypocritcal, no? Way too funny!! Look in the mirror.
    And, yet another 100+ post thread for PFT because of the Steelers!! We have the largest “fan” and “hater” following, by far!! Second is anything to do with Favre. PFT will do anything to have a thread about the Steelers.
    GO STEELERS!!

  106. Gary says: Nov 2, 2010 11:42 AM

    That hit doesn’t warrant a fine. The Evil lord Goodell has a bug up his a$$ about the things Tomlin and James have said about the NF the last couple of weeks. Goodell is well on his way to ruining the game we all love so much. As for the people on here that think James hits too hard, way don’t ya take up watching tennis.

  107. SkeeterK says: Nov 2, 2010 12:29 PM

    He probably would have known Brees had gotten rid of the ball if he had been looking at Brees instead of tucking his head into the spearing position. James Harrison doesn’t tackle any other way. Probably has never seen anything but the ground on any given tackle. That said, it wasn’t an agregious hit by any means and was barely late. If he gets fined, it’s a matter of his past catching up with him. Like a serial killer getting fined for jaywalking.

  108. kidstuff4sale says: Nov 2, 2010 12:55 PM

    To all of you two faced, hypocritical, so called “Fans” if Harrison played on your team and made this or any other hit, you would be defending him to the end of the earth! Instead of crucifying a player for doing his job to the best of his ability, why don’t you spend your time aksing the NFL to at a minimum, act consistently and fairly. And if they want to turn football into the next “Non-Contact” sport then do it all across the league! At least that way, when pay the ridicoulous amounts of money for season tickets we know what we are paying for! Instead of the weekly weakening of a once great sport!

  109. PARavensJeff says: Nov 2, 2010 2:34 PM

    Steeler fans claim to be such tough fans, but they are by far the largest, biggest whiners in the NFL!! Harrision – Once a Thug, Always a Thug! Will he retire now?? Crybaby player for a crybaby city/fanbase!!

  110. Vee says: Nov 2, 2010 3:43 PM

    Lawboy2000, I hope you really aren’t a lawyer who graduated in 2000. Your arguements are all terribly weak. All the NFL players are united in opposing this new interpretation of rules. the fact that Torrence might get away with one, and Harrison gets one, won’t make things better or worse – the players hate ANY fine – period. They are labor union and they don’t throw each other under a bus. The talking heads make comparisons of hits, but the players do not.
    Besides, this train already left the station, and it ‘aint coming back. So Harrison and everybody else in the NFL better just get used to it, and change the way they hit……….. or else pay the price for their stubborness.

  111. burgh1414 says: Nov 2, 2010 3:52 PM

    OK so some journalist has reported Harrison will be fined for a roughing the passer call. Has the league come out with the fine yet and if so how many players ended up getting fined for their penalties on Sunday?
    On another note I love seeing all of the haters on this site. I haven’t seen many Steeler fans making excuses for the loss (hats off to the Saints for a good game) but rather fans complaining about a player getting fined. Are the teams you cheer for really that sad that the only enjoyment you get from the game is insulting fans from winning teams?

  112. r1xopp03 says: Nov 2, 2010 6:08 PM

    Steelers are crybabys? from a Ravens fan? the team that when they lose it’s NEVER! the ravens fault… its always the refs the refs the refs. It stems from Ray Lewis – He whines when they lose always have always will.
    Every teams got players that feel when thier team loses it is not thier fault it’s always someone outside of thier team’s fault. Steelers had Joey Porter. Tho Joey was the funniest guy on the field and in warm ups he was still a crybaby at times.
    I haven’t seen the Steelers write a letter to the league complaining/whining/begging the NFL to not play the Raves in primetime at the Ravens home field. As the ravens did a few years back… raven fans always forget that one =)

  113. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 2, 2010 8:18 PM

    Steelers+Refs=True Love
    I think he called you a moron his helmet wasn’t in the way which warrant him calling yo much more than a moron.

  114. Reggie'sBush says: Nov 2, 2010 9:00 PM

    As a Saints’ fan I can honestly say, the play didn’t warrant a flag much less a fine.
    Plus if I recall correctly, replay shows Hines Ward getting hit with shoulder pad… at first glance I thought it was helmet to helmet also.

  115. 60minuteassassin says: Nov 2, 2010 9:12 PM

    pittzburghkid says:
    November 1, 2010 7:46 PM
    I played this game and have always supported and loved it. If Roger Goodell continues to dilute the contact portion of this game he will lose myself and many others who support and love the game.
    ——————————
    BS… I’m calling your bluff right now.

  116. 60minuteassassin says: Nov 2, 2010 9:16 PM

    r1xopp03 says:
    November 1, 2010 9:31 PM
    James Harrisson isn’t trash or a dirty player. He’s a player that gives it his all on every play. Now he (James) is no Ray Lewis, but they have the same intensity when on the field and the ball is in play. Remember Ray Lewis was excited he ended Mendenhalls season his rookie year. The League didn’t say a word.
    ———————————–
    The League would never say a word for a shoulder to shoulder hit.

  117. worsethings says: Nov 2, 2010 9:31 PM

    Harrisonheld16 says: November 2, 2010 8:18 PM
    Steelers+Refs=Tru e Love
    I think he called you a moron his helmet wasn’t in the way which warrant him calling yo much more than a moron.
    ______________________________________
    Very nice sentence structure….

  118. debthebusybody says: Nov 3, 2010 1:22 AM

    hey deb
    not a packer fan but nice try.
    people just don’t like blabbermouths.
    oh and people don’t like know it alls with the holier than thou attitudes.
    my guess….no friends…right?

  119. clevelandtom says: Nov 3, 2010 12:58 PM

    The Harrison hit on Drew Breese drew a flag and thats enough.
    BTW I root for the Steelers: I root for losses and injuries and not necessarily in that order !
    ClevelandTom

  120. clevelandtom says: Nov 3, 2010 1:04 PM

    The Harrison hit on Drew Breese drew a flag and thats enough.
    BTW I root for the Steelers: I root for losses and injuries and not necessarily in that order !
    ClevelandTom

  121. SeaSteel says: Nov 3, 2010 2:45 PM

    @debthebusybody
    You know if Deb’s posts are so aggravating (pro- per punctuation, correct spelling, cogent thoughts) you could just skip them and go on to something simpler and less challenging for you.
    Any time the NFL makes an effort to change or improve the game there’s period of adjustment or calibration. I don’t care for this particular shift, it smacks of the NBA star system, but I’m willing to see what happens. As if we had a choice.

  122. Harrisonheld16 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:53 PM

    clevelandtom why would you root for someone to get injured? And by the way Joe Thomas cant handle Harrison that’s why he holds hahaha

  123. Browns_Suck says: Nov 4, 2010 9:51 AM

    clevelandtom showing us the class and respect for the game that all Cleveland sports fans seem to lack.
    Harrison shouldn’t be fined. It wasn’t that brutal a hit, and it got a penalty on the field. That should be end of story.

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