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NFL suspends James Harrison one game

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For the first time since the league has placed increased emphasis on player safety arising from illegal in-game hits, a player with a history of illegal in-game hits has been suspended.

The NFL has suspended Steelers linebacker James Harrison one game for his helmet-to-face hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.  The league announced the decision this morning, moments after it was reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Though Schefter says Harrison is expected to miss Monday night’s game against the 49ers, we previously have reported that Harrison will have the ability to pursue an expedited appeal, and to obtain a ruling before the Steelers’ next game.  The league’s announcement supports the notion that, if Harrison opts for an expedited appeal and prevails, he will play on Monday in San Francisco.  Harrison will be prevented from practicing or otherwise being with the team until the suspension is overturned.

The appeal would be handled by Art Shell or Ted Cottrell.  The former coaches have been jointly hired, and they are jointly paid, by the NFL and the NFLPA.  NFL V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson will appoint one of them to handle the appeal.

Harrison said Monday that he believes he shouldn’t even be fined for the hit, because McCoy was running with the ball just before he threw to running back Montarrio Hardesty.  The applicable rules, however, protect a quarterback from hits to the head even if he throws while on the run.

Working against Harrison was his history of fines.  He has six since 2009, and the league considers a three-year window when determining discipline.

Though not an express factor in the decision, it surely didn’t help Harrison that he unleashed a torrent of insults at Commissioner Roger Goodell during an interview with Men’s Journal.  “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out,” Harrison said of Commissioner Roger Goodell, “I wouldn’t do it.  I hate him and will never respect him.”  Harrison also posed in the interview for a photo with a pair of guns, called Goodell a “crook” and a “devil” and a “puppet” and a “dictator,” and Harrison described Goodell with a gay slur.

Likewise, the lack or remorse or sensitivity to the rules reflected by Harrison’s Monday remarks surely didn’t help him.

Harrison suggested after absorbing a $75,000 fine in 2010 that he would retire from the game.  The suspension could rekindle such talk, especially since he seems to genuinely believe it was a clean hit on McCoy.

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  1. pnut87 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:54 AM

    Go ahead, retire. Make listening to him a lot easier.

  2. nickster31 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:54 AM

    ANYONE that says the NFL favors the Steelers after this point is full of BS, just like this suspension.

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 13, 2011 10:55 AM

    Jimmy can’t get right.

  4. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    Good.

  5. rmiller517 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    About time.

  6. rexismybff says: Dec 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    Congratulations to the Ravens – 2011 AFC North Division Champs.

    Way to go Harrison – you just cost your team a shot at a division title.

  7. stoogy says: Dec 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    good he is a dirty repeat offender.

  8. 13forgbp says: Dec 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    cue the whiny Steeler fans

    As an aside….how come the guy delivering these kinds of hits rarely, if ever, gets hurt/knocked out/concussed? In Harrison’s case, it is clear he is too stupid to do any damage up there, but what about the other guys?

  9. rambo08 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    Yet he still won’t learn.

  10. ottograham says: Dec 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    Tough break for the big guy. I will give it to him for changing his style up this year. Couldnt help himself though. For all of you that bash him… We know here in Pittsburgh you would love to have him on your squad. If you dont then you clearly dont understand what kind of ability this guy has.

  11. austrianpanther says: Dec 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    Can we have a Tim Tebow story?????

  12. medtxpack says: Dec 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    Dont appeal James, you will only make it worse.

  13. eknirb says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    Headhunter.

  14. benh999 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    But he didn’t think he should be suspended…

  15. aharris230 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    BS.

  16. bigjdve says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    1 game really. They should make him miss every game that McKoy misses due to the concussion.

    That would teach people more about the repercussions of their actions.

  17. richie500 says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    The wussification of America continues.
    To many lawyers running the game!

  18. clevelandismycity says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    Expedited?? Wow

  19. ProFootballTalkSucks says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    This is a heaping pile of poo. No doubt Goodell had a hand in this after Harrison’s Men’s Journal piece. I’m waiting to hear a credible explanation as to why a play that some would say didn’t deserve a flag much less a fine ended up getting a player suspended.

    I’m sorry, but the NFL is a mess and it’s all streaming down from the top.

  20. kmart0319 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:00 AM

    Finally, maybe this will get through to him.

    Now the Browns need to fire Shurmer for cause for endangering a player further for putting him back in the game and for masquerading as a head coach.

  21. kyleortonsarm says: Dec 13, 2011 11:00 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger turd. Good job Goodell. I think it would be even better if you bar him from ever playing in the NFL again though. If you’re pro Harrison then you’re pro domestic abuse.

  22. daysend564 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:00 AM

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer gentleman

  23. tos420 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:01 AM

    Of course he still thinks helmet to helmet hits are ok. He also thinks it is ok to break his babys momas face. What a tough guy. POS.

  24. 7pints says: Dec 13, 2011 11:01 AM

    One game for a habitual headhunter? Sure, sounds about right.

  25. warrenmoon says: Dec 13, 2011 11:01 AM

    Suspension Happy Goodell. I said it first when he suspended Suh. Get ready for it!

  26. tellmeaboutitbaby says: Dec 13, 2011 11:01 AM

    Waiting for the announcement of the suspension of Gocong for his helmet to helmet hit on Mendy at the goal line….. Oh, that’s right – that was a Steeler being HIT helmet-to-helmet so it doesn’t count!

  27. chopper150 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:02 AM

    Such bs….worth it though. The Clowns were taking several shots at Ben. We will smack the 49ers without him. NFL is a JOKE!!!

  28. test2402 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:02 AM

    I’m all for hard hitting. It’s part of what makes the game great. With all of the attention helmet to helmet is getting, quarterback or not, this guy is a clown to act like he doesn’t deserve punishment. He could have just as easily put his shoulder pad in McCoy’s chest and blew him just as bad, with no issues. This guy is ignorant.

  29. turdfurgerson68 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:03 AM

    He should have been suspended for two games:

    one game for the actual hit

    one game for being a total moron

  30. jahbird says: Dec 13, 2011 11:04 AM

    I agree with James Harrison, that the rules and their enforcement are contradictory to the nature of the game.

    However, regardless of the rules, Harrison deliberately targets the heads of his opponents, which I find unsportsmanlike.

    The rules suck AND he is an idiot. We’re the ones losing.

  31. tellmeaboutitbaby says: Dec 13, 2011 11:05 AM

    Oh yeah – and how about that suspension for Ray Lewis for the helmet to helmet hit on Hines Ward – he’s a repeat offender and fined in 2009, 2010 and should have been now in 2011 – when does that one get handed down? Oh yeah – never mind……

  32. phillyphever says: Dec 13, 2011 11:05 AM

    Well, it was bound to happen anyway. Glad it’s now and Harrison can eat some humble pie while watching MNF like the rest of us.

  33. skittlesareyum says: Dec 13, 2011 11:05 AM

    As an aside….how come the guy delivering these kinds of hits rarely, if ever, gets hurt/knocked out/concussed? In Harrison’s case, it is clear he is too stupid to do any damage up there, but what about the other guys?

    It’s not rare at all for the defender to get concussed. Charles Woodson did last week. Clark or Gay did in the 2009 (I think?) AFC Championship game.

  34. 12strikes says: Dec 13, 2011 11:05 AM

    During his down time he can perform some community service by interview for the Miami, KC, and Jacksonville Head Coaching Jobs, and helping them comply with the Rooney Rule.

  35. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 13, 2011 11:06 AM

    Goodell is a very bad man … a charlatan playing with peoples safety.

    He creates all these rules about “Player Safety” … how noble. But they only apply to some players.

    Safety is a common denominator standard. If a hit to the head is unsafe, then applying rules that limit it in one case (Quarterback, receiver) and not in others (running back, linemen, etc.) is indefinsible and unmanageable.

    Unless … the reason is not player safety, but protecting the financial value to the league of offensive stars .. the quarterbacks and receiver prima donnas.

    Gocung whacked Mendenhall in the head at least as hard if not harder than Harrison hit McCoy.

    Goodell is playing a very despicable game … with player’s brains.

  36. rushmatic says: Dec 13, 2011 11:06 AM

    Where’s the great, wholesome picture of him holding his two guns with his shirt off, all gangsta-style?

    That was an awesome depiction of my impression of him.

    Good job, Goodell.

  37. pkrjones says: Dec 13, 2011 11:06 AM

    Too short! Didn’t learn from the repeated fines in 2010, still head-hunting. Harrison doesn’t consider giving helmet-to-helmet, concussion causing hits “an injury”… it’s only their brain, and they can get back up… eventually.

    “There’s a big difference between being hurt and being injured. You get hurt, you shake it off and come back the next series or the next game. I try to hurt people.”

    This should be strike 2, next helmet to helmet hit should be a one-year suspension.

  38. crindal3000 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    They literally should put flags on the quarterbacks.

  39. tuckernyg says: Dec 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    This clown deserves more than a suspension. A suspension affects the team, and this guy’s behavior shows that he isn’t a team player. He needs a fine of, say, 250K. Only when players are hit in the pocketbook do they pay attention.

  40. allascowboys says: Dec 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    @pnut87

    If he does retire, ESPN will hire him to be an analyst…

  41. autumnwind999 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    This is weak. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if the suspension gets overturned.

    McCoy was about to cross the LOS and was outside the pocket about to run when he quickly chucked the ball just as Harrison was hitting him. I realize Harrison has a rep and it’s probably deserved, but I have no idea what these defensive players are supposed to do.

    Goodell is sissifying the game.

  42. lennylyles says: Dec 13, 2011 11:09 AM

    Only one game? A six time repeat offender? I think he got off easy!!

  43. crashdog says: Dec 13, 2011 11:09 AM

    I think all the helmet to helmet collisions has made this guy delusional. Kind of ironic and funny at the same time……

  44. steelwheeler says: Dec 13, 2011 11:09 AM

    Are you all serious that you would rather see him retire and that he should never play again because he it’s people hard. Are you guys really fans of the NFL or are you all just Steeler haters. I’ll admit that I am a big Steelers fan but i liked it when Ray Lewis blew up Hines Ward, because I love football and like to see grown men hit each other…hard. Are you all women, I can’t really believe that you guys don’t like seeing hits like this, even if they border on being illegal. What do we really care if they are helmet to helmet? It doesn’t affect me, I get up and go to work the next day. They all know the risks they take.
    The real issue no one is talking about is why the NFL is preaching player safety. They could care less about the actual player’s safety they are just trying to cover the butts, when someday guys like Roethlisberger and Rodgers are in class action lawsuit against the NFL after their brains have been scrambled from multiple concussions. The NFL wants to have all their ducks in a row and say that they did everything they could to prevent concussions.

  45. n0hopeleft says: Dec 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    The 49ers will still lose.

    They are the most overrated team in the NFC Playoff race.

  46. comeonnowguys says: Dec 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    Stop leading with the helmet, pure and simple.

    If he puts a shoulder in his gut and wraps, it’d be a great football hit.

  47. ottograham says: Dec 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    turdferguson68

    why dont you go to the circle jerk at the commisioners office today. Hes always looking for some impressionable loser to listen to him and make him feel good.

  48. panthers34 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    Don’t these guys realize you can break your own neck leading with the helmet? Wrap up!

  49. steelerssmack4u says: Dec 13, 2011 11:11 AM

    B>S>!!! THE COMISH JUST GUARANTEED THE 49′ERS A WIN

  50. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:11 AM

    This may be the lowest chance of success of appeal that has ever existed in the history of the concept of appeals.

  51. therealcoltmccoy says: Dec 13, 2011 11:11 AM

    BS. Goodell is such a flake.

  52. steelerfanjo says: Dec 13, 2011 11:12 AM

    Roger Goodell is now worse than David Stern. This is a joke. Goodell needs to be removed from his job by the owners and players union. He is clueless. What a joke. Learn the rules Goodell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Mike Tomlin says: Dec 13, 2011 11:13 AM

    Players are getting suspended for hitting too hard now?! GTFO here this is complete BS and is an embarassment to the last 75 years of the NFL.

    How would you feel if your boss told you to take a leave of absence because you were doing your job too well?

  54. blitzburgh2u says: Dec 13, 2011 11:13 AM

    Harrison should have just put his helmet on Colts knee since the NFL wants to play this game of suspending players for a split second decision made on the football field.

    I don’t think he intentionally was going for his head, Colt is short and I think Harrison was lining up to hit him square in the chest and wrap him up but Colt looked like he was about to slide and lowered his body….but whatever it’s a bunch of BS for the entire league and not just the Steelers. Goddel is a horrible commish and the sooner he steps down the better the league will be.

  55. tigersblood1215 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:13 AM

    Should be a 2 game suspension.

  56. johntonioholmes says: Dec 13, 2011 11:13 AM

    Took Suh 4 violations plus stomping on someone to get suspended.

    It took Harrison one borderline hit.

    That says everything you need to know.

  57. ducksouped says: Dec 13, 2011 11:14 AM

    “thank god” – Tim Tebow

  58. tommikula says: Dec 13, 2011 11:14 AM

    Harrison’s response: “I beat my wife like that every night in my house and I don’t get fined.”

    Tomlin’s response: “Not only does he have to worry about paying for his kids college but now he can’t put food on the table.”

    You deserve it you piece of garbage.

    Signed,

    A Pittsburgh resident.

  59. papasteeler says: Dec 13, 2011 11:14 AM

    This is wrong, he was left the pocket with intent to run, when he saw James he pitched the ball to his WR, last time i checked the helmet to helmet rules do not apply to the RB. When he took off running he became a RB!! Colt was not defenseless either, he was looking right at Harrison as he was running at him. The fool got laid out and should think about that hit next time he leaves the pocket!

  60. autumnwind999 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:14 AM

    The notion that these players can completely control whether their head or shoulder is hitting an offensive player traveling at the speeds these guys play at is laughable.

    Between inconsistent PI, personal foul and holiding calls, what constitutes a catch/non-catch and the parity in the league today, sadly, many if not the vast majority of NFL games are decided by the whims of officials.

  61. steelcitymasterrace says: Dec 13, 2011 11:14 AM

    This is getting ridiculous. The NFL is proving again how bias they are against Steelers and will stop at nothing to water this game down until it is flag football. Harrison is a future hall of famer but I wouldn’t blame him one bit if he just walked away if they are going to prevent him from playing real, smash mouth football.

  62. psuravens19 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:15 AM

    rexismybff says:
    Dec 13, 2011 10:56 AM
    Congratulations to the Ravens – 2011 AFC North Division Champs.

    Way to go Harrison – you just cost your team a shot at a division title.

    __________________________________

    As a Ravens fan, I wouldn’t say that quite yet. One thing I’ve learned about the Steelers is they seem to always come through when they need to.

  63. whitemike55 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:15 AM

    Sounds like our justice system. Repeat offenders keep getting slaps on the wrist.

  64. silvernblackpa says: Dec 13, 2011 11:15 AM

    When reached for comment, Colt McCoy said “dnalsenala Banana squirrel pine iguana oatmeaaallll hasduiftol”

  65. killerstiller says: Dec 13, 2011 11:16 AM

    Goodell, don’t allow the QB out of the pocket if you don’t allow him to get hit. The NFL is becoming a joke. Harrison is no dirtier than anyone else. The new rules are a joke. The refs are not even capable of calling the games correctly.

  66. neemdaddy13 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:17 AM

    This has nothing to do with the Steelers, it has everything to do with an idiot that refuses to play within the rules. I really hope that his next illegal hit (and there WILL be another one) results in the end of his career.

  67. grninerfan says: Dec 13, 2011 11:18 AM

    The 9′er may lose to the Steelers mionday but you are kidding yourselves if you think you’ll get an easy win in Candlestick on Monday. We are going to BALL!

  68. dachozen1 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:18 AM

    Congrats!! The end of football is near. No wonder teams can go 13-0 in this fantasy world of football. I hope they ban the sport all together!

  69. southpaw2k says: Dec 13, 2011 11:18 AM

    Harrison is going to be 34 in May and is in his third season of a six-year deal he had signed before the 2009 season. You gotta start wondering if the Steelers are getting tired of him getting fined and running his mouth. Now they can add a suspension to his list of “accolades.”

    Then again, as a Ravens fan, I would break out a major smile if they did cut him.

  70. steelerchicken says: Dec 13, 2011 11:19 AM

    Terrible!!! You have to play by GODell’s rules!

    Do not hate the Steelers since they win the right way. Harrison will be fresh for the playoffs. Hopefully he takes care of that QB in Denver. Their first-round opponent!!!

    One more thing Ratbird fans. Last time the Ravens beat the Steelers twice in a season they won the Super Bowl. Packers fans will love 18-1!

  71. ravenator says: Dec 13, 2011 11:20 AM

    Good ruling. He can sit at home and watch the ravens win the AFCN while remembering the sweep in which Bryant McKinnie dominated him.

  72. thebus1968 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:20 AM

    Pittsburgh will just have someone else step in and shine as they always do. The suspension is a bunch of BS. But Harrison makes out it is actually going to cost him about $1500+ less to sit out a game then it would have to fine him the $75000 plus. Either way steelers still win against an over rated 49ers

  73. 13forgbp says: Dec 13, 2011 11:20 AM

    As an aside….how come the guy delivering these kinds of hits rarely, if ever, gets hurt/knocked out/concussed? In Harrison’s case, it is clear he is too stupid to do any damage up there, but what about the other guys?

    It’s not rare at all for the defender to get concussed. Charles Woodson did last week. Clark or Gay did in the 2009 (I think?) AFC Championship game.
    —————————————————-

    Chuck got concussed hitting someones knee. I am talking about these launching into the hear hits. It has happened a lot this year and I can’t think of one injury that has occurred to the hitter

  74. mikemart77 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:20 AM

    cue the whiny Steeler fans

    As an aside….how come the guy delivering these kinds of hits rarely, if ever, gets hurt/knocked out/concussed? In Harrison’s case, it is clear he is too stupid to do any damage up there, but what about the other guys?

    **********

    His orbital bone was broken earlier this year when an offensive lineman’s helmet drove into Harrison’s head. There was no penalty, fine or suspension to the lineman of course.

    I really don’t have a problem with the suspension – as long as the NFL is consistent.

    And for those saying he cost his team the division, the Steelers have been banged up all year. They’ve only had Woodley and Harrison start together for 4 games this season. Worilds has looked pretty good the last few games. Of course if Woodley can’t go in SF either it could hurt.

  75. silvernblackpa says: Dec 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    I am sympathetic to the players’s argument that moving at game speed, sometimes you simply don’t have the time to adjust yourself. I get that.

    But go watch the hit on McCoy. That was the perfect instance for Harrison to show he’s learned something. McCoy is wide open to a “lower your shoulder and knock the guy into next year” hit. But instead Harrison chooses to lead with his helmet. He deserves this one

  76. johntonioholmes says: Dec 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    It’s a good thing he didn’t punch two players after the play like Richard Seymour has. Otherwise, he would have been….

    Oh yeah Seymour was fined less for punching Roethlisberger than James Harrison was for trying to make a tackle.

    And no one ever even suggested that he should be suspended.

    Stay consistent NFL.

    I seriously wish I wasn’t so addicted to football, because I would stop watching immediately.

    That is such a double standard.

  77. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    1) Mandate the NEW helmet technology. McCoy is YET ANOTHER concussed player wearing the old style helmet. You will be shocked if you look at who has had concussions the last several years, since the revolution helmet and its’ concussion reduction technology tree came out. It’s stupifyingly clear.
    2) See #1.

    How can the NFL keep a straight face saying they mandate player saftey by lefying 20k fines on guys who make 500K+ a game, but they don’t make players wear the saftest tested equipment? Broken record from me, I know, but EVERY TIME this happens, it’s a new chance for me to point this out.

  78. nomesayin says: Dec 13, 2011 11:22 AM

    If he appeals the ruling, he will get to play against SF on MNF. Hmmm, is it so hard to imagine James Harrison incurring another fine/suspension worthy infraction on national TV on monday night? Then he’ll have to appeal that ruling next week.

    Now THAT would be funny.

  79. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 13, 2011 11:23 AM

    let’s see – So they’ve had 5 days to decide on a suspension. They wait until just late enough that an appeal allows him to play against San Fran and then miss the following week against St. Louis.

    hmm – tell me that wasn’t engineered.

  80. wycoff says: Dec 13, 2011 11:23 AM

    Goodell does whatever ESPN tells him to. The effete, upper class metrosexual whiners of ESPN don’t like hard hitting football. They’d rather have flag football. They hate intimidation because it’s not nice or genteel.

    The NFL is swiftly becoming unwatchable. It’ll be flag football in 10 years.

  81. charmcity207 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:24 AM

    I am a Raven’s fan, and not a big fan of Harrison. However, I believe that a suspension is too much. The game is getting soft and it will be hard for teams like the Ravens and Steelers to maintain their physical type of play.

  82. comeonnowguys says: Dec 13, 2011 11:24 AM

    “johntonioholmes says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:13 AM
    Took Suh 4 violations plus stomping on someone to get suspended.

    It took Harrison one borderline hit.

    That says everything you need to know.”

    About your complete lack of grasp of history and objective thinking? Yes, it really, really does.

    Staggering.

  83. nflfollower says: Dec 13, 2011 11:25 AM

    I won’t say “wow” because I am not surprised, but just let me say I strongly disagree. I am bitterly disappointed by what the NFL is doing here.

    There needs to be a rule that once the QB tucks the football, he becomes a runner. Doesn’t matter if he’s behind the line and can still pass. Defensive football is an instictive game, all the great defenders rely heavily on instinct and reactions. In a few years there will be flags in the quarterback’s waistband. Just watch.

  84. johntonioholmes says: Dec 13, 2011 11:25 AM

    We should take a trip to the library of Congress and examine the owners with mob connections.

    If you don’t believe me, look it up.

    The NFL is horribly inconsistent with it’s discipline and its in-game penalties.

    I would not be surprised if the fix was in.

  85. blaz0037 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:25 AM

    Dangerous precedent to set.

    The NFL, as we know it, has officially changed.

  86. nejerseygirl says: Dec 13, 2011 11:26 AM

    Mike Tomlin says: Dec 13, 2011 11:13 AM
    Players are getting suspended for hitting too hard now?! GTFO here this is complete BS and is an embarassment to the last 75 years of the NFL.
    How would you feel if your boss told you to take a leave of absence because you were doing your job too well?
    __________________

    But he’s NOT doing is job well. If he were, he’d be hitting these guys without nearly knocking them out.

    As I said in the other article about this:

    Why is it that everyone in the league knows how to tackle except this guy? And then he whines about a fine, and threatens to retire? Good riddance, I say.

    If the Patriots can throw random people into defensive positions, and they can learn how to tackle after playing one game, why is it that Harrison hasn’t figured it out?

    If McCoy had ducked, Harrison might have had a leg to stand on.. but McCoy was just about as straight up as anyone could possibly be while running, and Harrison still claims he ducked. Ridiculous.

    The sad thing is, it will most likely be Harrison who one day ends up with persistent headaches/depression/in a wheelchair.. or worse.

  87. thirdngoal says: Dec 13, 2011 11:26 AM

    So Fletcher (Redskins) will get the same suspension for elbowing Brady in the head while sliding to the turf as Harrison did to McCoy? Yeah right………. Goddell is a joke….

  88. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 13, 2011 11:26 AM

    @autumnwind999 and @steelwheeler

    I guess that, if your father, brother or son were playing offense in the NFL, you would still be in favour of all the violent and illegal hits and would defend guys like Harrison. Sure you would.

  89. tjacks7 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:26 AM

    It’s not rare at all for the defender to get concussed. Charles Woodson did last week. Clark or Gay did in the 2009 (I think?) AFC Championship game.

    ———————-

    Don’t forget Polomalu.. Every other week.

  90. silvernblackpa says: Dec 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    Harrison is a future hall of famer

    +++++++++

    Ahahahahahhahaha.

    Just like Greg Lloyd, Jason Gildon, Joey Porter and the parade of other linebackers made to look better than they are by the Steelers’s defensive scheme?

  91. contract says: Dec 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    Goodell is a Ravens fan, so no surprise here.

    I guess Harrison should restrict himself to minor offenses like accessory to murder after the fact or vehicular homicide.

  92. chopper150 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    rexismybff says:
    Dec 13, 2011 10:56 AM
    Congratulations to the Ravens – 2011 AFC North Division Champs.

    Way to go Harrison – you just cost your team a shot at a division title.

    Ya, without Harrison there is no way the Steelers can beat SF. Alex Smith will “go off” for 137 yards, and Gore will slice and dice for 34 yards. I know Baltimore fans know this race isn’t over, and you sound like an idiot for saying that. Chargers are playing their best ball, fighting for playoff lives on Sunday Night at home and one loss and it’s Steelers with a bye. (insert SF joke here)

  93. ravefan96 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    Harrison is a great football player but he’s not that bright. He had been cut twice each by the Ravens and Steelers because he is completely undisciplined. No denying his ability but the stuff he does hurts even his own team. How many times can you be fined before you get it ? NFL didn’t do enough….should have gotten 2 games. If you defend his actions, you yourself are a moron !

  94. erikinhell says: Dec 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    Harrison is a moron. If he would have went for the legal tackle instead of headhunting, he could have driven a shoulder into McCoy’s ribs and just about snapped him in half without a call. The shot to the head is what’s illegal, not hitting the QB when he’s out of the pocket.

  95. tjacks7 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:28 AM

    As an aside….how come the guy delivering these kinds of hits rarely, if ever, gets hurt/knocked out/concussed? In Harrison’s case, it is clear he is too stupid to do any damage up there, but what about the other guys?

    —————-

    The hammer vs. the nail. Giving the blow is a little different than receiving it.

  96. tom3565 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:28 AM

    Suh got two games for a stomp, and Harrison only gets one for head hunting. All you Steeler fans better be thankful that the commish didn’t give him the four games he deserves.

  97. 6ball says: Dec 13, 2011 11:29 AM

    .

    Where’s the Steelers media relations staff ? Why they would allow Harrison to give an unsupervised interview is beyond me. The dude is clearly a couple of beers short a six pack.

    In the private sector describing your boss as Harrison did, could result in something more harsh than a one week suspension.

    .

  98. steelhammer92 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:29 AM

    McCoy should be fined and suspended for running head-up, straight into a linebacker.

  99. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 13, 2011 11:30 AM

    I personally think that many players cannot control where their hits land. That being said, two guys who take full advantage of this belief are James Harrison and Suh. Suspend him for the year, let him retire.

  100. steelersrscum says: Dec 13, 2011 11:31 AM

    you gotta be a real turd to defend that hit.

  101. jpelle82 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    thanks james. when i saw it i thought, there goes the division. knew this was gonna happen, couldnt have happened before a bigger game

  102. steelersownyou says: Dec 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    Total joke! Goodell getting payback on james! Such inconsisency in h 2 h rule! Doesnt matter we will still win it all!

  103. canadianfootballfan says: Dec 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    What I find interesting about this whole situation is the nfl stance on how the browns handled Colt McCoy. I’m all for the suspension Harrison deserves it but I also think the browns team and their medical staff should get a major fine for letting him back in the game…anyone who saw that hit knew he was knocked out and for him to be back in the game 2 plays later is a joke. Goddell is quick to fine players for illegal hits but we will see what he does now all eyes on you Rodger

  104. pigskinswag says: Dec 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    Harrison got a one game suspension more on reputation and record than this one particular hit IMHO. To me, the hit he laid on Massaquoi was a far more vicious hit and demonstrated more intent. The (unfortunate) reality is that I don’t think that this will change Harrison’s style of play, which is dangerous. Leading with your helmet can injure YOU as much as the player you’re hitting.

  105. kelly8791 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    Can someone be a Puppet and a Dictator?

  106. dcfan4life says: Dec 13, 2011 11:33 AM

    James Harrison has always said he only knows how to play the game one way. All out and in an intimidating manor. Yet there are numerous linebackers and safeties in this league who still make strong hits, good tackles, and never get fined. If others can adjust, so should Harrison. The problem is Harrison WANTS to hurt people. And thats why he should be suspended. Yes this is a contact sport, but theres a huge difference from hitting someone hard and trying to hurt them or knock them out of the game. Going for the head as often as Harrison does is not an accident.

  107. heyzeus143 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:33 AM

    steelwheeler
    my feelings exactly, Roger you need to step down but you won’t so go sit in your tower and collect your paycheck, f -off Goodell

  108. damnsureis says: Dec 13, 2011 11:35 AM

    ESPN is reporting that the suspension has been overturned already but that Harrison will still miss the game with “suspension-like symptoms.”

  109. pigskinswag says: Dec 13, 2011 11:35 AM

    “Harrison also posed in the interview for a photo with a pair of guns, called Goodell a “crook” and a “devil” and a “puppet” and a “dictator,”

    So does that make him Roger Goodevil? Roger Goodeviant? Roger Goodnochio? Fuhrer Goodell?

  110. contract says: Dec 13, 2011 11:36 AM

    Richard Seymour punching Ben Roethlisberger in the head … $25,000

    James Harrison tackling Colt McCoy … 1 game suspension

    Roger Goodell’s anti-Steeler bias … priceless

  111. imopen7 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:36 AM

    Forget the rules for a second. So, a well respected guy like Paul Puzlezny, James Farrior, Takeo Spikes, etc can hit a RB helmet to helmet 100x’s a game and its ok. Their reputation is safe. But when Harrison hits a “QB” he’s goin down. Rules or no rules….someone is still getting hit in the head! Whats thedifference???!!! BS GOD dell….simlpy BS!
    Takes a depleted Steeler LB core to win..huh, har-bags? help ur little bro out Monday night you d-bag.

    GO STEELERS!!!!

  112. billyhoyle4real says: Dec 13, 2011 11:36 AM

    I’m all for protecting the players head but at what point does a players own judgement and common sense come in to play. McCoy knows of the potential of getting smacked if he decides to extend the play and leave the pocket, he is responsible for his safety on the job and leaving his protection leaves him liable for such a hit. I realize Harrison is a repeat offender but when are we going to put red shirts on the QB and just play two hand touch already. These guys get paid millions to play a violent sport and want to whine about the safety of the game, it makes me sick. They want all the rewards, contracts and endorsements that men who laid the ground work for their profession didn’t get half of. I guess I’ll never understand the rationale of wanting to be protected from vicious hits in a violent game.

  113. johnnycamparm says: Dec 13, 2011 11:37 AM

    Well… I hope Woodley is healthy enough to play this week, otherwise, we are looking at the 5th seed.
    As for Harrison… “Hey, at least get suspended when you are about to play a team like the Rams instead of asking your team to bail you out again. Or lower your head and stop trying to act like Lawrence Taylor. You ain’t that and you know it, man; you just get coked up and beat women like he does.”

    GO STEELERS!!!

  114. oldbrowndawg says: Dec 13, 2011 11:37 AM

    I agree with the poster who said this should be strike two. Next one is a one-year suspension. Any after that would be a lifetime ban. This guy is dirt. We shouldn’t have to be exposed to his gangsta b.s. in the NFL. Maybe we’ll all get lucky and the jerk will retire as he once threatened to do. The whole league would be better off without such scum.

  115. camdenyard says: Dec 13, 2011 11:37 AM

    Give him a choice. Be suspended for one game or wear a leather helmet against the 49ers. See if he wants to go headhunting then.

  116. holeinone09 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:39 AM

    Not really surprised at the ruling, although completely disagree with it. Goodell continues his ruination of the game of football with inconsistent penalties/etc. No use reeling off examples. Steelers and Harrison will be just fine in the long run.

    But at some point I would love to see Harrison just lower his shoulder and go full-bore into somebody mid-body, squarely with his shoulder, with his head to the side of the opposing player’s body. That would seem to be “legal”. I think that would be a more devastating hit than hitting somebody with his chest/head like he does at time now and apparently did on McCoy. What would Goodell then do about that type of hit?

    GO STEELERS!!

  117. vadog says: Dec 13, 2011 11:40 AM

    ALL helmet to helmet hits need to be outlawed!! The helmet was never meant to be a weapon, but a protective device.

    I believe that James Harrison is much more suited to professional wrestling than professional football.

    One game suspension is too short for this moron.

  118. havok82 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:41 AM

    This is about right. He’s a repeat offender. The rule probably needs to read that the runner has to be behind the line of scrimmage so it is crystal clear to everyone that headshots on runners are fine past that point.

    It looks bad and the problem is that Harrison has made no real effort to change how he tackles. I can’t determine if that is coaching or if it is just him being a stubborn fool. Either way, he is reaping what he sowed. It was not his worst hit and I can somewhat understand his line of thought. Clarify the rule and there are no excuses to be made.

  119. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 13, 2011 11:42 AM

    When you’re about to run into something, you can’t help but flinch-that was what he did when ducking his head right before impact. Clearly he has a reputation which hurts him, and he gets watched MUCH more closely than the average defender, in the same way Tom Brady gets babied MUCH more than the average QB (see the Fletcher hit this past game)……

  120. imneverwrong says: Dec 13, 2011 11:44 AM

    Harrison was running at McCoy and could clearly see that the ball was out of his hands. He was staring right at him as he was running. He had 1 step to hit him not in the head, he even lowered his head into the helmet of McCoy. Don’t tell me that Harrison thought he still had the ball and was making a sack. He went for the QB hit, knew the ball was gone, and went at his head. That is dirty. Was colt out of the pocket? Yes, but that doesn’t mean you can head hunt. If Colt ran it up the middle like Mendenhall did when Gocung hit him, then yes, a helmet helmet hit is allowable. Not when you are 1 on 1 with someone, especially a QB AFTER he has released the ball.

    Harrison should be suspended. His lack of intelligence on the matter is also hilarious.

  121. havok82 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:44 AM

    Oh, and to those complaining on the “wussification” of the NFL, that was not a great hit. If the league fined and suspended say Andre Carter for grazing Grossman or for Fletcher hitting Brady while sliding, I’d be on that bandwagon with you. Those were clean plays called wrong.

    Harrison is a repeat offender and everything about him doesn’t help matters. From his lack of remorse to his inability to make adjustments to how he tackles, he has a blatant disregard for safety: be it his or someone else’s.

  122. theravens1 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:44 AM

    I’m sorry for the Steelers that he was suspended. I believed it was going to happen as soon as I saw the hit.

    Don’t know it his loss will cost the team on Monday night or not, but his absense won’t help them.

    As a Ravens’ fan, I’d like to see them healthy and play a great game Monday night win or lose.

    Knock out / Sit out – its not that difficult. You can play hard make great hits without trying to end someones career, and the game will still be awesome. Growing up, I would have loved that shot, and would have made it myself, but now I understand the decision. I hated getting my head slapped around sideways – I’m glad they stopped that too. Although I loved giving ‘em, not getting ‘em.

  123. bradwins says: Dec 13, 2011 11:47 AM

    Should be the rest of the season. The NFL would be better without pieces of garbage who play only to try to ruin other players’ careers.

  124. imneverwrong says: Dec 13, 2011 11:47 AM

    imopen7, if you don’t understand the difference and think it was a clean hit, you should stop watching football.

    Steeler Fans – go wave your hankies.

  125. deadmanwalking47 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:49 AM

    he should have gotten a two game suspension,not just a one game!

  126. hard2getausername says: Dec 13, 2011 11:50 AM

    I bet most of that 35% would change their vote if it was their quarterback taking the helmet to helmet hit.

  127. tkebean says: Dec 13, 2011 11:50 AM

    The NFL is going so soft. Remember when players could actually hit each other? When big hits were celebrated? The days of good football are gone. The games that are played today are not the game of football that made me the fan that I am.

    By 2015, Goodell will have the players wearing flags so there is no longer contact and the super bowl winner every year will be…..all 32 teams! Can’t have any losers, that would make the players feel bad.

    I thought there were just problems with youth sports but Goodell is bringing the pussification of america to the NFL. What a shame.

  128. tobiasjodter says: Dec 13, 2011 11:51 AM

    The NFL must start releasing the list of players that have ever been fined, by the date, nature of the infraction and the amount fined.

    Without a detailed listing we have no way of knowing if this is going to be applied equitably. As I have pointed out Ray Lewis has 3 helmet-to-helmet fines in the last three years. If he gets another one will he be suspended? Probably not because no one will know or care.

  129. burghman says: Dec 13, 2011 11:51 AM

    Time for James to lay a helmet-to-helmet hit on Goodell. I’ll pay the fine for him….

  130. pftusername says: Dec 13, 2011 11:51 AM

    Don’t forget, we’ve got to protect from those illegal forearms to the head. Ask the Redskins, player safety is what it’s all about!

  131. ironheadjr says: Dec 13, 2011 11:51 AM

    That’s fine, but if that hit deserved 1 game, don’t you think stomping on someone should deserve at least 4???

  132. ProFootballTalkSucks says: Dec 13, 2011 11:53 AM

    Dangerous precendent: established.

  133. cbass59 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:55 AM

    Fact is, people hate Harrison because he plays hard. If he was on your team or if a player on your team was in this situation, you’d be singing a different tune. Harrison should have been fined, not suspended. Ravens fans know all about this because their LBs play hard too. Browns fans wish they had LBs like Harrison, Lewis, and Suggs.

    I know they won’t but the Steelers should make a statement and sit all starters on MNF. Most need the rest (Ben, Woodley, Pouncey, etc) so why not take off MNF, get the needed rest, piss off all the corporate sponsors who will then be pissed at Goodell. It’s the only way to get at Goodell and while it’s tough to throw away a game, Ben probably shouldn’t play and we saw how great option #2 is (Batch).

    When a pass-oriented offense can’t throw, it moves backwards. This game (@ SF) is probably a loss or a game that further injures Ben, who is obviously needed for the playoffs. Unfortunately the Steelers can’t run and the defense is not made to spend long periods of time on the field.

  134. dachozen1 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:55 AM

    Poll lets you know we still live in a witch hunt society, where a few years ago same person was rewarded for same play. Today, he is a dirty player?? The NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, has become a dirty player all of a sudden?? And everyone gets in line to yell off with his head. The masses need someone to think for them instead of using common sense. This is bull.

  135. Land Snark says: Dec 13, 2011 11:56 AM

    For those of you who defend Harrison by citing that McCoy was advancing the ball, or who think that spearing someone is part of football, read the rulebook:

    ” However, at any time after the change of possession, it is a foul if…an opponent lowers his head and makes forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/”hairline” parts of his helmet against any part of the quarterback’s body.”

    Those of you who think it’s too lenient need to realize this is the first time anyone is being suspended for this. Anything more severe would wind up having it overturned.

    Like it or not Goodell was going by the NFL’s rules and got it right.

  136. toegoat says: Dec 13, 2011 12:01 PM

    6ball December 13, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    In the private sector describing your boss as Harrison did, could result in something more harsh than a one week suspension.
    ________________________________________________________________

    Also, Godell is not Harrison’s boss… The rooneys are. Harrison is paid by the steelers

  137. kleppnasty says: Dec 13, 2011 12:01 PM

    Steelers fans, I know it’s your team and you feel the need to say that this is BS etc. etc. etc.

    But, he hits with the top of his helmet, that has never, and will never be a legal hit.
    Yes, Goodell sucks, Yes, it should be illegal to hit a RB with the top of your helmet, yes, Lewis’ hit was also cheap, etc. etc.

    None of this means that Harrison isn’t a dirty player. He lowers is face everytime he hits someone. That is called spearing and he should be suspended everytime. Hit him with your facemask, hit him with your shoulder pad, and it would be a great hit. But with the top of your head, it’s just dirty, and from High School on, you are shown videos of how not to hit, and he is a poster child of how not to hit.

  138. timtheenchanter1 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:02 PM

    Mike Tomlin says: Dec 13, 2011 11:13 AM

    Players are getting suspended for hitting too hard now?! GTFO here this is complete BS and is an embarassment to the last 75 years of the NFL.

    How would you feel if your boss told you to take a leave of absence because you were doing your job too well?
    =================

    Kinda like those accountants at Enron who were doing their job “too well”

  139. steelers4life says: Dec 13, 2011 12:04 PM

    kelly8791 says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    Can someone be a Puppet and a Dictator?
    ————————————————–
    Puppet for the owners
    Dictator to the players

    Yes, It can be done

  140. steelersmichele says: Dec 13, 2011 12:04 PM

    its funny. when the steelers were getting fined last year people on here laughed–until their players started getting fined. then they were all upset and complaining about goodell and how the fines were ridiculous. it’s easy for you guys to cheer harrisons suspension. but I guarantee this is going to start a trend. wait until a few more guys are suspendedz, especially with the playoffs starting, and I will bet money a few of you will be complaining. its always different when punishments start affecting your team.

  141. fancyleague says: Dec 13, 2011 12:05 PM

    Goodell is the worst commissioner in the history of the league. What an idiot.

    Somebody needs to check whether he’s a cousin of the Harbaughs.

  142. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Dec 13, 2011 12:05 PM

    Harrison could have simply lowered his shoulder, and driven through the chest of McCoy, the way they teach tackling to seven year-olds.

    imopen7, why is QB in quotation marks? Are you implying that McCoy, Brees, Fitzpatrick are not quarterbacks?

    contract, a punch to Roethlisberger’s oversized helmetted head, probably did more damage to Seymour’s hand than Pig Ben’s noggin. McCoy was concussed. See the difference? Probably not, you’re a Steelers fan.

    I love the comments that imply McCoy threw the ball away nanoseconds from when Harrison hit him. Harrison had almost 2 steps to see McCoy throw the ball. And regardless of that, if he wasn’t a head hunter, he would have planted his shoulder into McCoy’s chest, avoided a suspension, probably even the penalty. But the guys a psychopath. He was going head to head with McCoy no matter what.

  143. mondzy805 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:06 PM

    Get em out of here. Go 49ers.

  144. dumbaseinstien says: Dec 13, 2011 12:07 PM

    The NFL continues to Neuter the tough defensive players. Clearly they just want the game to become scoring frenzies for highlight reals & stats. Sad, sad, sad!!!

  145. silverback9999 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:09 PM

    Hey GOoDell, don’t make James mad…you won’t like him when he’s mad.

    I’m hoping this galvanizes the Steelers and they make a great playoff run. Nothing would be sweeter than hearing what James would say after the Steelers win it all.

    Goodell is ruining the game. I’ll echo Woodley’s sentiments; sorry the Steelers hit too hard.

  146. johntonioholmes says: Dec 13, 2011 12:13 PM

    LandShark is right

    It was illegal, but it was clearly borderline. Worthy of a fine but not a suspension.

    Eff Goodell.

  147. neemdaddy13 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:14 PM

    IF you are in any way attempting to rationalize what this goon did you are as dumb and classless as Harrison. End of story.

  148. killerstiller says: Dec 13, 2011 12:14 PM

    Suspend the next receiver that ducks when he sees a defender coming. That is causing as much of this type of hit as the defender themself!

  149. dumbaseinstien says: Dec 13, 2011 12:16 PM

    @ Land Snark

    First, the rules are being rewritten to make it easier for the offences so what was legal, fair play 2 years ago is different today. Second, no one even knew for certain until the next day if the call was legit or bogus…until some bookworm dug up “article ___, book ___, page___” what ever it was. If you have to dig into rule books to answer the question of whether a hit is legal or not…then the game rules are getting out of hand! Look at the rules of all other games. They’re simple to explain & understand. Rules like “Defenseless Players” & “Roughing the Passer” are being altered & misused by Goodel to change the fundamentals of the game. Whether he likes it or not, poeple (like me) don’t approve!!!

  150. erikinhell says: Dec 13, 2011 12:18 PM

    cbass59 says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:55 AM
    Fact is, people hate Harrison because he plays hard. If he was on your team or if a player on your team was in this situation, you’d be singing a different tune. Harrison should have been fined, not suspended. Ravens fans know all about this because their LBs play hard too. Browns fans wish they had LBs like Harrison, Lewis, and Suggs.
    ===================================
    Browns fan here. I have said several times that Harrison is a moron. He’s not a moron for playing hard or making vicious tackles. He’s a moron for using his head as a weapon. He could have destroyed McCoy legally, but he went for the head shot.

    What most of you steeler fans are missing, is you could have lost that game very easily if we hadn’t put McCoy back in. We were driving, Harrison kept our drive alive. If our moron coach wouldn’t have put McCoy back in the game, we might have had a different outcome. (woulda, coulda, shoulda, I know)

    I’d love faster (our guys are so damn slow), harder hitting LBs that could devestate RBs and QBs with hits, but I don’t want a moron that will kill great defensive stands by commiting stupid penalties.

  151. schuck259 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:18 PM

    I disagree with the extent to which they are protecting the QB, but this guy is a moron for accumulating all these fines.

    He had the sack, there was absolutely no need to raise his helmet.

  152. sojumaster says: Dec 13, 2011 12:19 PM

    nomesayin says:Dec 13, 2011 11:22 AM

    If he appeals the ruling, he will get to play against SF on MNF. Hmmm, is it so hard to imagine James Harrison incurring another fine/suspension worthy infraction on national TV on monday night? Then he’ll have to appeal that ruling next week.

    Now THAT would be funny.

    ________________________

    Suspensions for on-field activies are effective immediately. He is not allowed to join the Steeler organization in any activity, even during the appeals process. He will only get to play in SF if the suspension is lifted because of the appeal. (Not to be confused with appeals for an off-field suspension, where the player may remain with the team until the appeal is decided on)

  153. vincentbojackson says: Dec 13, 2011 12:19 PM

    This should officially put to rest all the claims that the officials and the league favor the Steelers.

  154. richie500 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:20 PM

    This is why the Steelers were the only team to vote NO on the new CBA.
    Bet none of you haters(losers) knew that?

  155. schuck259 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:20 PM

    Woops, not a sack…but you know…

  156. bigjdve says: Dec 13, 2011 12:22 PM

    Everyone keeps saying Goodell, however I seem to remember that it is Merton Hanks and someone else that are handing down fines and suspensions now.

    I know Goodell most likely has his hand in it somewhere but former players are doing the punishments.

    Regarding Harrison, he gets nailed alot because he openly makes dirty shots and continues to do them.

    I played football for a long time, when I hit, I used my head to aim, then used my shoulder to hit. I never aimed for their heads because I wanted to make sure that they could remember the hit. Then they would hear my footsteps the rest of the game.

    Andre Carter’s hit on Grossman that caused a TD, that is a good example. The rest of the game he was looking for Carter.

    Harrison just goes for the head, and that is going to get him nailed every time.

  157. jimmysee says: Dec 13, 2011 12:22 PM

    Anyone who now thinks football has become too “woosy” — it’s ok for you to stop following the NFL and switch to the NHL.

  158. rskills says: Dec 13, 2011 12:24 PM

    @peytonwantsaflag

    The league purposely waited til today to announce the suspension because they always wait until Tuesday to do so. Same with Suh a few weeks ago and same with everything else. This is smart for them because it allows them to be consistant (even when in the wrong).

  159. tennis22drew says: Dec 13, 2011 12:24 PM

    I love how his twitter profile picture is him holding children, like people will see it and not think he is a dirty player, Lol.

  160. cmich2006 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:26 PM

    Goddell doing everything in his power to get his Ravens to the Supper Bowl it is as simple as that

  161. ronin36 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:26 PM

    In recent years, “hitting” has become more important than “tackling.”

    It’s become a philosophy, and it’s no longer important to coach tackling. As a result players are no longer thinking of tackling guys, they’re thinking about hitting them instead.

  162. aharris230 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:27 PM

    He should have gone low at him since he was a runner at that point and torn both of Colt’s ACLs.

    Football fans everywhere would have rejoiced at not having to see Colt McCoy play QB ever again.

  163. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Dec 13, 2011 12:28 PM

    dachozen1 says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:55 AM
    Poll lets you know we still live in a witch hunt society, where a few years ago same person was rewarded for same play. Today, he is a dirty player?? The NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, has become a dirty player all of a sudden?? And everyone gets in line to yell off with his head. The masses need someone to think for them instead of using common sense. This is bull.
    —————————-
    Something else is fishy, too. Harrison WAS CUT FOUR TIMES and then becomes nfl defensive player of the year all of a sudden??

    By the way, what does being DPOY have to do with not being dirty? I don’t quite understand your point.

  164. Kya_Tropic_Fan says: Dec 13, 2011 12:32 PM

    autumnwind999 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    This is weak. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if the suspension gets overturned.

    McCoy was about to cross the LOS and was outside the pocket about to run when he quickly chucked the ball just as Harrison was hitting him. I realize Harrison has a rep and it’s probably deserved, but I have no idea what these defensive players are supposed to do.
    _________________________

    Did you really just ask what the defensive players are supposed to do? Really?!?!? I will let you know, they are supposed to lower their shoulder, and deliver a crushing blow to the ball carriers midsection. Ever hear the idea that if you put your helmet on the ball, you made a good hit? There, now you and Harrison are informed

  165. jeffa43 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:32 PM

    Harrison hit was illigal…

    Lewis on Hines Ward?

    No NFL comment…

    biased = Point

    Point cannot be argued.

  166. spunjmunke says: Dec 13, 2011 12:33 PM

    I absolutely love listening to all these comments about the wussification of the NFL. It’s all sunshine and puppies until someone on YOUR team gets the snot knocked out of them. Then everyone is screaming for the flag. This can be seen on any play where your WR doesn’t make a catch when fans scream for pass interference.

    The fact that this guy hit a defenseless player isn’t the issue. The issue is that he has been raked over the coals over this issue multiple times. How many times does someone need to stick their finger in the light socket before they learn to not do that again? He deserves what he got, if not for a dirty play then for being an idiot.

  167. acieu says: Dec 13, 2011 12:33 PM

    How about we put him on skates and line up Crosby for a head shot and then maybe all the Pittsburg apologists would get the idea that head shots don’t cut it.

  168. kmart0319 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:34 PM

    Mike Tomlin says

    Players are getting suspended for hitting too hard now?! GTFO here this is complete BS and is an embarassment to the last 75 years of the NFL.

    How would you feel if your boss told you to take a leave of absence because you were doing your job too well?

    _____________________________________

    Ask Terry Taylor, Office Linebacker how he would deal with it.

  169. ravensmike410 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:35 PM

    The Steelers had two chances to win the division and they blew it. This doesn’t help their chances going forward, especially with Woodley out as well as Ziggy Hood.

  170. flaccodelic says: Dec 13, 2011 12:36 PM

    ProFootballTalkSucks says: Dec 13, 2011 10:59 AM

    I’m sorry, but the NFL is a mess and it’s all streaming down from the top.

    The fact that you have taken the time to sign up and complain here is pretty good proof that the NFL is doing just fine, even if you don’t agree with every decision.

    All this flag football talk is hilarious. They realized leather helmets were a bad idea long before everyone started suing everyone for everything. Now, the game continues to evolve out of legal necessity. If you didn’t like the recent lockout, you probably will really not enjoy the CBA haggling that will result from that inevitable class action suit by brain damaged former players. When a whole season actually IS canceled while owners and players argue about who pays for the past damages, you can really ponder the wussification of the game. Love him or hate him, Goodell is trying to prevent that from happening, so you can keep logging on to football fan sites that you claim to hate.

  171. steelerfan55 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:40 PM

    this is a stupid, a suspension really? this is football. u get hit deal with it. if u think that was a hit worth suspending him then why dont they just play flag football. worst decison by the nfl this year

  172. spfinne says: Dec 13, 2011 12:42 PM

    those of you crying about Gocong’s hit on Mendenhall obviously don’t understand the rules. A runningback with the ball does not fall under the defenseless player rule nor does it fall under the qb rule so no helmet to helmet call can or should be made. You Steeler fans crying about that hit have the same problem as Harrison….. you don’t know or don’t pay attention to the rules.

  173. cancelsundayticket says: Dec 13, 2011 12:42 PM

    Between the inconsistency in officating/rules and post game fines and suspensions, the game of professional football is becoming nearly unwatchable. (Hence my username)

    For instance the rules regarding horsecollar tackles..it’s OK to drag the QB down in the pocket that way but no where else. Also, chop blocks, for instance, it’s OK for the Center to chop a guy as long as the man is being blocked by the same side Guard…if he’s blocked low by a player two positions away, it’s illegal. I guess the player’s knee knows not to get blown out because the hit came via a “legal” chop block!!!

    Until such inconsistencies are addressed, I call BS on the NFL’s player safety policy.

  174. kidpresentable says: Dec 13, 2011 12:43 PM

    “I know they won’t but the Steelers should make a statement and sit all starters on MNF.”

    Yes. They should consider ignoring that they haven’t clinched a playoff spot or finalized their seed in order to make a political statement that they stand behind their guy who has been routinely warned to play within the rules or face the consequences.

  175. kidpresentable says: Dec 13, 2011 12:50 PM

    “How about we put him on skates and line up Crosby for a head shot and then maybe all the Pittsburgh apologists would get the idea that head shots don’t cut it.”

    As the kids on the street say: pwned.

    I assume there’s plenty of Steeler fans who are also Penguin fans. How can you justify Harrison delivering a head shot in a situation where it could have been avoided, and then when he’s punished, claim that the game is being “wussified” when the face of the NHL who plays in your city, is also the face of “man, concussions can really screw up a guy’s life.”

  176. jeepin08 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:57 PM

    That flushing sound that all the stealer fans are hearing is your season just got flushed down the tube because you have a player on your team that simply does noy know how to tackle by NFL standards. His belief in old school tactics will cost them the season if S.F. takes care of business next Monday night. All of Ben’s heroics will all be lost if the 49′ers can somehow learn how to score in the red zone.
    Couldn’t of happened to a nicer guy. And now he won’t even appeal ? Must know that was a bad tackle not worth fighting for.

  177. aljack88 says: Dec 13, 2011 12:58 PM

    steelers4life says:
    Dec 13, 2011 12:04 PM
    kelly8791 says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:32 AM

    Can someone be a Puppet and a Dictator?
    ————————————————–
    Puppet for the owners
    Dictator to the players

    Yes, It can be done

    ———————————————————-

    connect the dots.

    I am not a fan of this guy, but Goodell is just doing what the owners want him to. They hired him and they can fire him. Wouldn’t you fire an employee if they were not doing what you wanted or expected?

    Whenever you curse and speak ill of this guy, remember that.

  178. aljack88 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:02 PM

    kidpresentable says:
    Dec 13, 2011 12:43 PM
    “I know they won’t but the Steelers should make a statement and sit all starters on MNF.”

    Yes. They should consider ignoring that they haven’t clinched a playoff spot or finalized their seed in order to make a political statement that they stand behind their guy who has been routinely warned to play within the rules or face the consequences.
    ————————————————————
    I’m sure they would risk more than just losing the MNF game. What’s ESPN going to put on in that time slot? Think the Rooneys want to pitch in for that lost revenue?

  179. richm2256 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:04 PM

    He deserved it.

    He deserved TWO games.

    He was wrong and he knows it.

  180. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 13, 2011 1:07 PM

    To all the Steeler fans defending Harrison, maybe you should remember the late, great Steeler C “Iron Mike” Webster.

    From Wikipedia: “After retirement Webster suffered from amnesia, dementia, depression, and acute bone and muscle pain. He lived out of his pickup truck or train stations… Webster is seen as an example of the difficulties American football players suffer… After death, Mike Webster was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease. It has been speculated that Webster’s ailments were due to wear and tear sustained over his playing career; some doctors estimated he had been in the equivalent of “25,000 automobile crashes” in over 25 years of playing football…

  181. Kya_Tropic_Fan says: Dec 13, 2011 1:08 PM

    Some of these comments are absolutely hilarious. You all realize that the NFL Rule Book isnt written by Roger Goodell, right? You do realize that that the Rules Committee and Coaches meet in the off season to discuss the Rule Book right? Just checking, because if these rules were so bad, and so hard to understand, and didnt make any sense, or in any way singled out any player/team that the committee would make a rules change…

  182. rmc1995 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:10 PM

    I warned all you fools that the blood thirst for the Suh suspension would open up the flood gates to make suspension the new standard for perception. Usually this perception is led by the knee jerk media. It will be a player from your team next…as soon as some wannabe reporter finds his next Nixon.

  183. habsman says: Dec 13, 2011 1:13 PM

    @richie500,

    The Steelers were the only team NOT to ratify the new collective agreement because there was a clause requiring HGH testing. All other teams sign it.

  184. rooney24 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:14 PM

    Why do all the Steeler apologists keep whining about how McCoy was near the line of scrimmage or threw at the last second? Harrison still put the crown of his helmet straight into the facemask of another player.

    That is a helmet to helmet hit. He is suspended because he is a repeat offender and his comments show no remorse or realization of what he did.

  185. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:17 PM

    yet ray lewis gets fined in each of the last three seasons, yet nothing is ever mentioned…not even by their see no evil, hear no evil hypocritical fans who cant wait to jump on here and start crying “dirty”…..meanwhile, ngata hits someone in the head each year and his fines are decreasing….so is life…..aint my money

  186. takingbacksundays5 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:21 PM

    Steelers fans are hilarious. And delusional. And just as whiny as any other fanbase, if not more so.

    An incident like this brings out the best in them! I’m just going to sit back, and enjoy the show…

  187. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 13, 2011 1:28 PM

    While I don’t really think that Harrison should have been suspended, can anyone tell me why can’t JH aim for McCoy’s ribs? Is there a reason his target point couldn’t be anything but McCoy’s head? If he aims for his mid section with a shoulder, the worst he does is place his shoulder into McCoy’s facemask (if McCoy drops down as the hit is delivered, otherwise he gives a solid body shot).

    I think the reason is because JH likes head hunting. And for all the evils he calls Roger, he maddest of all because he knows that Roger knows that JH likes to head hunt too.

    Also, Goddell should do something to the Browns for allowing McCoy back out on the field. That was worse than JH’s ill delivered hit in my opinion.

  188. daysend564 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:37 PM

    And the hits keep coming for the Steelers.

    Troy Polamalu is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the 49ers with a hamstring injury

  189. steelers1981 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:39 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Dec 13, 2011 10:56 AM
    Congratulations to the Ravens – 2011 AFC North Division Champs.

    Way to go Harrison – you just cost your team a shot at a division title.
    __________________________________

    You and the NFL wish. The Steelers will win out. Unfortunately the Ravens probably will also. Steelers will be AFC champs, again. Choke on that, Haters!

  190. nyyankeedave says: Dec 13, 2011 1:40 PM

    Boy, there sure are alot of scumbags playing for the Steelers – and apparently alot more rooting for ‘em! =)

  191. mikemart77 says: Dec 13, 2011 1:46 PM

    Yes. They should consider ignoring that they haven’t clinched a playoff spot or finalized their seed in order to make a political statement that they stand behind their guy who has been routinely warned to play within the rules or face the consequences.

    **********

    The Steelers have a ton of injuries. If the Ravens win this Sunday the division is likely out of reach. And although the Steelers haven’t got a wildcard yet, it would be almost impossible for them to miss the playoffs, even if they lost their last 3.

    Regardless of whether Harrison plays or not, if the Ravens win Sunday it makes sense for the Steelers to sit their injured players and rest up for the playoffs.

  192. klownboy says: Dec 13, 2011 1:52 PM

    So much for not taking the football out of football. smh…

  193. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 13, 2011 1:58 PM

    If the people defending Harrison were living in ancient Rome, you can be sure that they’d have no problem with the violence, bloodshed and carnage of, say, a gladiator vs. lion match. They’d justify it on the basis that the gladiator was getting paid, had a sword and shield to defend himself and accepted the risks involves.

  194. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 13, 2011 2:00 PM

    I wish Harrison could get one run at Goodhell.

    Once again Goodhell istrying to ruin the most popular game in the history of televised sports.

    I’ve witnessed THOUSANDS of violent hits in the NFL over the years that didn’t result in a suspension….or even a fine.

    If it was and other player that James Harrison, there wouldn’t be a suspension.

    James Harrison continues to play the game like the great LBers of our time…LT, Lambert, et al.

    It’s time for the owners to wake up and run this clown Goodhell out of the league. I never thought I’d say this, but I miss Paul Tagliabue!

    Czar Godhell makes David Stern look competent!

  195. goldstardk says: Dec 13, 2011 2:12 PM

    You know what I’m dredding out of this? Now everytime someone gets flagged for helmet to helmet we have to put up with the “will he or won’t he”, “my team always gets screwed”, etc. I hope the NFL is happy how these stories dominate the weekly news cycle!

  196. zaggs says: Dec 13, 2011 2:16 PM

    So if someone hit Big Ben the same way, Harrison would be totally cool with that right? Thought not.

  197. unlikenone says: Dec 13, 2011 2:17 PM

    so many babies and haters ! Play football and learn the rules before you talk.

    PASSER OUT OF THE POCKET
    (8) When the passer goes outside the pocket area and either continues moving with the ball (without
    attempting to advance the ball as a runner) or throws while on the run, he loses the protection of the
    one-step rule provided for in (1) above, and the protection against a low hit provided for in (5) above,
    but he remains covered by all the other special protections afforded to a passer in the pocket
    (numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7), as well as the regular unnecessary-roughness rules applicable to all player
    positions. If the passer stops behind the line and clearly establishes a passing posture, he will then be
    covered by all of the special protections for passers.

    SO did he estabilsh himself as a passer with the flick of the ball because he was a runner right before the flick, All common sense would say no but the babies will say he did. Another thing running backs are not protected from the crown of the helment unless there a reciever.

    Wait till your teams favorite players become a target for goodell and you will look back and say wow harrison was the only one who had the balls to call it like it is. No CRYING in football its a mans sport and people need to learn to be men again.

  198. imopen7 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:31 PM

    @you’realwayswrong:
    I do understand a hit to the head is a hit to the head. What dont you understand? You only see what u want to see so YOU should stop watching football and go back to europe.

  199. billionsvsmillions says: Dec 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    I swear I did not murder that man in the nite club.

    Ray Lewis

  200. 49erstim says: Dec 13, 2011 2:49 PM

    If you can condone this hit you are a horrible person. Just because you classify yourself as a “fan” doesnt mean you have to be blind. Dont try to justify the helmet to helmet hit by saying he was a “running back” on the play. we all KNOW that he went after McCoy with INTENT. how can i make that “assumption”? He freakin says it… ALL THE TIME!

    I dont care where you land in the discussion of to the extent of a suspension (1, 2, 3 games, etc) or whether you think a fine is acceptable. you cannot simply explain away that purposeful hit. I know several Steelers fans and even they believe he was wrong. there were a couple guys on here who are fans and dont condone that garbage and i applaud you gentlemen!

    Now for the Browns….. they are (in my opinion) just as guilty. how in the heck do you send that guy back in the game???? if the NFL is truly interested in “player safety” tey really need to tae a hard look at this incident. i hope this opens a LOT of eyes.

    Enjoy your rest Mr Harrison…. and i hope some Browns sideline personnel join you shortly.

  201. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 13, 2011 3:05 PM

    billionsvsmillions says:
    Dec 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    I swear I did not murder that man in the nite club.

    Ray Lewis

    _________________
    Notice the time 2:35. I guess Middle School just let out.

    I also guess the best way to add credibility to any argument over whether JH should have been suspended is with this type of post.

    Not that I have ever been a Jim Rome fan, but “have a take and don’t suck” comes to mind after reading this.

  202. metcalfer says: Dec 13, 2011 3:06 PM

    James Harrison earn he’s time off. Good thing he’s paid from the neck down. Cause he sure wouldn’t make much if it was the other way. This was the right call by the NFL, cause players don’t care about money. Only Steelers fan think this was wrong. If he played for the Ravens they would want to be hanging him.

  203. bozosforall says: Dec 13, 2011 3:06 PM

    To all the whining Pats fans, your own “Harrison” (Rodney) was named the “dirtiest player in the NFL” three seperate times, so lose the hypocrisy.

  204. bobinnh85 says: Dec 13, 2011 3:28 PM

    Coach Timlin says Harrison is really, really trying to understand the rules and abide by them…he sure is taking a long time to figure out what’s allowed and what’s not, after all “he be a college grad-u-ate”.

  205. irishnativeson says: Dec 13, 2011 3:34 PM

    Everybody loves a bruising RB that delivers punishment as opposed to one who steps out of bounds. Earl Campbell and Walter Payton are two that come to mind, hardly a football fan could lament, no not my type a guy. Offensive lineman are notoriously some of the dirtiest players, has to do with the nature of the position. Defensive tackles, linebackers and safeties, being the fastest players on that side of the ball, tend to deliver the hits that separate the men from the boys and the boys from the ball. When the NFL ticket first came out it was almost a thousand dollars for Direct TV where I lived and if you wanted it installed another five hundred. My church is the NFL. I have no desire to see Theisman’s every Sunday and LT acted just like any man should when he was panickedly waiving for the medical staff to come scrape Joe up off the turf. I guess what I’m getting at is I enjoy seeing a guy get jacked up as much as the next guy but it’s a game and everybody’s got to make a living so if you can’t act right you get whats coming to ya.

  206. spartyfi says: Dec 13, 2011 3:56 PM

    Lions fan here…understand Suh’s suspension but not this one. Flag yup, fine if you feel the need but suspend for a play mad in a fast violent game? BS I don’t like this hit but it is going to happen and you can’t start suspending people for a bad play.

  207. ahs2 says: Dec 13, 2011 5:03 PM

    Also a Lions fan and he deserved 2 just like our boy. Bottom line is it was a violation of the rules that caused an injury that’s supposedly #1 on Goodell’s list of priorities and the hit may even cost the Browns their starter. Suh acted like an infant and caused no injury, McCoy is concussed, which is worse?

    I am no fan of where the NFL is heading but the rules are the rules…

  208. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 13, 2011 5:13 PM

    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Dec 13, 2011 1:07 PM
    To all the Steeler fans defending Harrison, maybe you should remember the late, great Steeler C “Iron Mike” Webster.

    From Wikipedia: “After retirement Webster suffered from amnesia, dementia, depression, and acute bone and muscle pain. He lived out of his pickup truck or train stations… Webster is seen as an example of the difficulties American football players suffer… After death, Mike Webster was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease. It has been speculated that Webster’s ailments were due to wear and tear sustained over his playing career; some doctors estimated he had been in the equivalent of “25,000 automobile crashes” in over 25 years of playing football…“

    ———————————————————–

    Exactly right, if Goodell cared about safety do you think he would be limiting the rules against head shots to QBs and Receivers? Safety is a common standard … it applies to a Center as much as a QB, to a receiver as much as a running back.

    It is also unmanageable … in game, in play, between the whistles, you need to decide if
    Tebow is a passer, runner or blocker.

    This is a very bad policy aimed at protecting the leagues TV ratings from the loss of QBs and high profile receivers. It is not about player safety.

  209. fmwarner says: Dec 13, 2011 5:13 PM

    Glad to see Goodell start to redeem himself.

    Anyone who thinks this is unwarranted is either a Steelers homer or just as delusional as Harrison. It’s plain to see that Harrison targets his opponents’ heads, leads with his helmet, and launches himself. Repeatedly. And he’s NOT trying to follow the rules. He’s said himself on multiple occasions that he’s going to do what he does and not worry about that. Well, this is what you get.

  210. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 13, 2011 5:18 PM

    Player Safety:

    What happend to San Diego when they put their O lineman back in the game, and later he had a seizure on the plane flying home.

    What happened to Cleveland when they put McCoy back in the game.

    Goodell can fine Harrison, he can suspend him … but he can’t pretend it is for some noble cause.

    Goodell sees Harrison as a threat to the QBs and Prima Donna receivers that deliver the TV Ratings for the offensive brand of football. Harrison himself, and the players that emulate him, are a threat Goodell is managing.

  211. cmack15 says: Dec 13, 2011 5:40 PM

    The NFL will never see another dime from me as long as God-ell the hypocrite is in charge. He has changed the NFL. He is a joke. The rest of you will see what this is like when he finishes his crusade against the Steelers and moves on to his next obsession.

    All for players safety right? You hypocrite

  212. Deb says: Dec 13, 2011 5:51 PM

    Well, I just got home and here’s the news I expected. The haters are rejoicing. The bloggers are rejoicing. And Goodell can feel the power. Bully for you all. But that hit didn’t merit a suspension. McCoy was acting as a running back and tossed the ball just before that collision. Goodell’s just doing what he thinks will win points with the public because that’s all he cares about. The integrity of the game is irrelevant to him. And as fans, that’s our loss. The Steelers will be just fine.

  213. tobiasjodter says: Dec 13, 2011 6:56 PM

    This is the end of NFL football as we know it. I’ve heard some discussions about QB’s only wearing some sort of “downing device” i.e. flag, button, etc. so they do not have to be tackled. I guess this is the first step toward that.

  214. thirdngoal says: Dec 13, 2011 7:01 PM

    Deb says:
    Dec 13, 2011 5:51 PM
    Well, I just got home and here’s the news I expected. The haters are rejoicing. The bloggers are rejoicing. And Goodell can feel the power. Bully for you all. But that hit didn’t merit a suspension. McCoy was acting as a running back and tossed the ball just before that collision. Goodell’s just doing what he thinks will win points with the public because that’s all he cares about. The integrity of the game is irrelevant to him. And as fans, that’s our loss. The Steelers will be just fine.

    I agree with this statement, just wait till Goodell takes his fines to suspensions on YOUR TEAM..

  215. steelernation1 says: Dec 13, 2011 7:15 PM

    if the Qb leaves the pocket and he is considered a runner after he tucks the ball and you still cant hit him.why dont they just put a pink helmet on all QB’s except Big Ben since all players are aloud to take head slaps and knee shots at him..and that way all the QB’s can be babies like manning and brady.i didnt see the defensive end get a fine or anything for the blow to Bens head.so its ok…

  216. tednancy says: Dec 13, 2011 10:21 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    1) Mandate the NEW helmet technology. McCoy is YET ANOTHER concussed player wearing the old style helmet. You will be shocked if you look at who has had concussions the last several years, since the revolution helmet and its’ concussion reduction technology tree came out. It’s stupifyingly clear.
    2) See #1.
    —————————————————-

    Wrong. McCoy does not wear the VSR-4. He wears on of the latest generation of helmets with a reinforced crown.

    He hasn’t worn the VSR-4 since last season.

    Get your facts straight before you opine. And even if McCoy were wearing a VSR-4, it would not have made any difference as he was hit in the face by that animal.

  217. Deb says: Dec 13, 2011 11:19 PM

    tednancy …

    Animal? Are you kidding? Unbelievable.

    He was running with the ball. That “animal” is an NFL linebacker. If Cart can’t handle facing an NFL linebacker, I’d suggest he fall on the ball at the line of scrimmage.

    Animal. As we say in the South, you need to be slapped.

  218. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 14, 2011 3:16 PM

    Helmet-to-helmet hits cause concussions that can lead to permanent mental disabilities. That’s a medical fact. So, I have to question those who support or excuse helmet-to-helmet hits. You don’t care at all about the welfare of the players (see, e.g., my post above relating to former Steeler C “Iron Mike” Webster). All you want to see is a player being hit hard, and, if the player is permanently damaged as a result, you couldn’t care less.

    Obviously, hitting is an important part of the game. But I (and most other football fans, I believe) get no enjoyment by seeing any player seriously hurt by a hit. For that reason, I’m in favor of changing the rules to make all helmet-to-helmet hits illegal.

  219. bigjdve says: Dec 14, 2011 3:45 PM

    Something of note that I heard this morning on the radio, I probably already knew this but hadn’t thought about it.

    The NFLPA fought for heightened safety measures to protect the players. If that is the case then how is it Goodell’s fault when players are getting fined and now suspended?

    Also something else to think about….

    Whether the hit was legal or illegal, intentional or not intentional the suspension came because it was Harrison.

    Since he thought it prudent to mock the rules, the fines, as well as the commissioner he put himself in the cross-hairs. By continually saying that he was going to continue to do hits the league deemed illegal he showed that he has no remorse. This means the punishments will not only get worse with each infraction, they will be worse to begin with as he is a habitual offender.

    This isn’t about the hit, this is about the league setting an example for people that think that they can break the rules and only get a slap on the hand.

  220. colonellingus439 says: Dec 14, 2011 11:30 PM

    James Harrison should probably learn the fundamentals of tackling. Why isn’t anyone talking about his technique? I’m pretty sure no football coach on the planet teaches you to tackle by running head down with two extended fists and ramming the top of your head into the target. How is that tackling? What happened to head up… wrap up… drive through the ball-carrier? Make sure you see what you hit. When did throwing shoulders and fore-arms become “tackling”? I don’t agree with all of these p*ssy penalties being called either, the yellow flags are ruining the game… but dudes on defense need to learn how to tackle properly or join another profession.

  221. nickynick04 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:55 PM

    ottograham says:
    Dec 13, 2011 10:58 AM
    Tough break for the big guy. I will give it to him for changing his style up this year. Couldnt help himself though. For all of you that bash him… We know here in Pittsburgh you would love to have him on your squad. If you dont then you clearly dont understand what kind of ability this guy has.

    Oh like the ability he showed in the Super Bowl,,,,with Green Bay’s 3rd string OT manhandling him,,,the only play he had was a busted blocking assighnment…how man tackle did he have in that game again, I forgot…and why you re at it,,,how many did Palamolo have,,,and how many TDs was he burnt for ?
    Just asking….

  222. nickynick04 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:00 PM

    jahbird says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:04 AM
    I agree with James Harrison, that the rules and their enforcement are contradictory to the nature of the game.

    However, regardless of the rules, Harrison deliberately targets the heads of his opponents, which I find unsportsmanlike.

    The rules suck AND he is an idiot. We’re the ones losing.

    The game and its players have changed. Even 25 yrs ago DTs were not 350 lbs…TEs 260 and run a 40 in 4.0 the players are bigger stronger and faster,,,the collisions of men this size is different then yrs ago when a 200lb LB tackled a 170 RB…its simple physics…the game’s rules must change because of the shear size and speed of the playersd

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