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Harrison asks for expedited hearing

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Florio noted earlier that Steelers linebacker James Harrison didn’t have to file for an expedited appeal of his one-game suspension if he didn’t want to.

Harrison has chosen to do so, his agent has confirmed to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. We should know the NFL’s final decision this week.

One point Harrison may point out: The NFL hasn’t suspended a player for a tackle since 1986, when Packers defensive end Charles Martin was suspended two games for body-slamming Jim McMahon.

One point against Harrison: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn’t exactly defend his player on Tuesday.

“He hit him, he hit him illegally, he has to suffer the consequences,” Tomlin said. “We’re disappointed for James because we know how hard he’s worked to play within the rules. . . . [But] he has to be accountable for that so we accept the judgment rendered by the league office.”

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29 Responses to “Harrison asks for expedited hearing”
  1. ha5ko says: Dec 13, 2011 4:25 PM

    he is a punk, plays like a punk, reacts like a punk. Not accountable for his actions, like a punk.

  2. suckleague says: Dec 13, 2011 4:26 PM

    Let’s begin the appeal. No. Ok, where’s lunch?

  3. Stiller43 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:28 PM

    Colt had 6 prior rushing attempts, was out of the pocket running toward the line of scrimmage at least taking 5 steps with the ball TUCKED under his arm. At the last second before the hit he flips it.

    If you’re going to fine him, take a game check. Thats it.

  4. dawhorsefeathers says: Dec 13, 2011 4:29 PM

    You apologinzers could learn something from your head coach. He’ll be back on the field (getting held on every play, right?) in no time.

  5. mvp43 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:31 PM

    Note to Jim Schwartz……….That’s the correct response.

  6. ravenzfan1 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:34 PM

    If Tomlin agrees it wasnt a legal hit,that should tell you something. Harrison is a punk and will never change,other than whining bout being fined.It was deliberate and it shouldve been more than ONE game. Come on man….

  7. righthereisay says: Dec 13, 2011 4:53 PM

    He should have not expedited it. The Steelers need him more for the 49ers than the Rams or Browns.

    In fact, it would be best for him to take one of those last 2 weeks off anyways so he is fresh for the playoffs.

  8. fatdaddy73 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:54 PM

    Lions fan here, Thank You James Harrison for taking some of the glaring microscopic attention off of Suh. That is all

  9. steelwheeler says: Dec 13, 2011 4:58 PM

    C,mon you guys, he’s just posturing. He doesn’t really believe that. He has to appear that he agrees and is coaching the right way or else Godell will start taking his paychecks away and suspending him for a game.

  10. yzguy431 says: Dec 13, 2011 5:00 PM

    football anyone?

  11. kaninny says: Dec 13, 2011 5:02 PM

    1) Tomiln got his fingers slapped a few weeks ago for commenting about Clarks hit: remember he is management.
    2) The NFL is truly turning into a “garage league” as Mario would say. Look at how the NHL does the fines and suspensions. They have a video with a description of the hit, and they talk about things like “intent” and how both players reacted to the hit if they pulled up protected themselves or drove on through. Then they talk about the players past infrations and wrap it up in a video. Then there is a clear explanation. All their game replays are done at one location now we are getting stadium “equipment malfunctions”. The NFL could learn alot from the NHL.
    3) If you think Harrison is going to stop don’t plan on it. He knows one speed and he might be making an effort,but there are going to be hits like this in the future.

  12. gafraidh says: Dec 13, 2011 5:03 PM

    Kudos to Tomlin! Whether McCoy was intending to run or planning to pass, there is absolutely no need for Harrison to ram his helmet into the face mask of any player. It was avoidable and not avoided.

    This is a tough process that the league, the players and the fans are going through, but the rules refinement and increased scrutiny on unnecessary head blows is not going away.

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 13, 2011 5:13 PM

    This guy is just delusional. He thinks he’s bigger than his team and league. Sit him out for 5 games next time. He’ll learn he’s an employee and not the ruler of the kingdom.

  14. sikoix says: Dec 13, 2011 5:31 PM

    I’d be worried about appealing, then them telling me I was playing for free as opposed to sidelined all together.

  15. gbmkiller says: Dec 13, 2011 6:23 PM

    JH will not change his style of play. He will continue to try to injure players. He will continue
    to get fined and suspended and will hurt his own team in the process. He will not learn from his reprisals. His ego is to big to do the right thing. Now what does that tell you about him. By the way, he will eventually seriously hurt someone and then many of these posters will be happy that he has put one of his NFL brothers in a wheel chair.

  16. habsman says: Dec 13, 2011 7:02 PM

    Ha! Even the coach acknowledges the cheap shot delivered be Harrison. How are you going to twist this one Steeler fans?

    crickets………….

  17. snaponrules says: Dec 13, 2011 7:25 PM

    habsman says:Dec 13, 2011 7:02 PM

    Ha! Even the coach acknowledges the cheap shot delivered be Harrison. How are you going to twist this one Steeler fans?

    crickets………….
    ————————————————————–
    They are blind homers. They will be the ones saying that he tucked ball and flipped it out at the last micro second. There was nothing poor JH could do.
    While the people in the real world saw McCoy throw the ball while JH takes 2 steps and launch himself, spearing McCoy in the facemask with the top of his helmet.

  18. jeffa43 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    You made your bed Goodell, now make sure it is applied evenly….

    Where is the hit on Ben… a dive to the legs… oh, he was scrambling….

    hmmmm….. Did he have it tucked and trying to get around the corner, before throwing it away..

    It is a joke… just saying….

  19. themoonshadow says: Dec 13, 2011 8:05 PM

    fact check: Roy Williams of the Cowboys was suspended one game in December 2007 for repeated horse collar tackles

    maybe James Harrison should not mention that

  20. pghdon says: Dec 13, 2011 8:09 PM

    Whine and complain all you want. Any of you would take him on your team in a minute. he is not out of control. How many penalties has he had this year? NFL is turning into the national Feminine League. You can see more action in the lingerie league. This is fooball. If the QB doesn’t want hit DON’T RUN THE BALL AND DUCK YOUR HEAD WHEN YOU SEE YOU ARE GOING TO GET SMACKED!

  21. theravens1 says: Dec 13, 2011 8:12 PM

    No one can defend, nor wants to defend that – Tomlin and everyone want to distance themselves from that intentionally disabling hit!

    Hopefully the “sit down” won’t effect the Steelers who need to show up and play hard against the ‘9ers.

  22. macadamia2010 says: Dec 13, 2011 8:16 PM

    Wait a minute, a Steelers player did something illegal? NO WAY! That’s about as crazy as saying they did steroids (before anyone else) in the 70’s, got completely handed a SB victory over the Seahawks by the refs, and have a sex offender for a QB. Totally preposterous!

  23. pravin68 says: Dec 13, 2011 8:33 PM

    Since Goodell is so conecerned with player safety, I will await the suspension for the Browns coaching staff in putting McCoy back in.

  24. commitment2excrement says: Dec 13, 2011 9:31 PM

    Well lucky Goodell is not on fire, or else he might have to urinate on him to get this expedited.

  25. koenig61 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:18 PM

    habsman says:Dec 13, 2011 7:02 PM

    Ha! Even the coach acknowledges the cheap shot delivered be Harrison. How are you going to twist this one Steeler fans?

    You’re kidding me right?? A few weeks ago Mike Tomlin Defended Ryan clark, and this web site called Tomlin out for supporting Clark. Then Tomlin and Rooney are called into the Principals office (Goodell) and I wonder what they were told? Hmmm perhaps. Something along the lines of “We cant have the team or its organization backing players after we fine them. It just doesnt look good, so in the future, please do not go against the “Shield”

    If you watched Tomlins press conference when he made those statements today, it was very obvious he was gritting his teeth with each word. He was saying what Goodell wants to hear from the organization, and not what Mike really wants to say.

    So one week Tomlin supports his player and this site slams Tomlin. This time Tomlin doesnt defend his player and this site slams him? What are the Steelers supposed to do? I say just bring the checkbook, because sooner or later another player will hit someone incidental, and they too will be suspended, and then you will be crying because its “YOUR” player.

    P.S. If the league loves the steelers so much why were they targeted last year and this year, and why suspend James for such a big game?? Doesnt add up does it?

  26. dachozen1 says: Dec 14, 2011 12:39 AM

    Well at least i know what Tomlin’s last meeting with Goodell was about. Tomlin has been told to fall in line with the decisions made up top. In the past Tomlin disputed similar plays from Harrison and this time he sounds like Goodell’s mouthpiece every since he and the Rooneys met with Goodell. It’s sad when respectable people in the profession including Herman Edwards back you up for what the play is (football) and your own coach throws you under the bus..

  27. critter69 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:40 AM

    pravin68 wrote:
    “Since Goodell is so conecerned with player safety, I will await the suspension for the Browns coaching staff in putting McCoy back in.”

    And the Browns coaching staff violated what NFL rule or rules?

    Remember, Harrison is in violation of the NFL rule against using the helmet against ANY opponent (not just quarterbacks when ‘playing in the manner of’ a quarterback, but ALL opponents). And the rule is VERY specific about what parts of the helmet they are especially discussing in the rule.

    So tell us, oh neutral sage, just what NFL rule did the Browns coaching staff violate?

    I agree that McCoy should not have been put back in the game. But based on all available information at that time, and the NFL rules, what would be the grounds for the NFL to take any action against the coaching staff of the Browns?

  28. gbmkiller says: Dec 21, 2011 1:45 PM

    If Mccoy was seriously injured, would that make Steeler nation happy. Maybe that is a new claim to fame for fans to brag about. I can hear them now, ” We have more rings and caused more brain injuries than any other team in the NFL” Don’t you get it. Brain injuries don’t go away like your hangover.

  29. steelernation1 says: Dec 21, 2011 2:14 PM

    gbmkiller says:
    Dec 21, 2011 1:45 PM
    If Mccoy was seriously injured, would that make Steeler nation happy. Maybe that is a new claim to fame for fans to brag about. I can hear them now, ” We have more rings and caused more brain injuries than any other team in the NFL” Don’t you get it. Brain injuries don’t go away like your hangover.

    this comment is just pointless.no one wishes anyone to suffer injuries at all..so stop with the pathetic remarks

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