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Browns say they won’t go after James Harrison

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Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison isn’t the most popular man in Cleveland, where he’ll be visiting for the Week 17 Steelers-Browns game. But just because the Browns may not like Harrison, that doesn’t mean they’re planning to target him as any type of revenge for Harrison’s head shot on Colt McCoy.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur was surprised by the question when asked today whether he thought his players would be going after Harrison.

What do you want them to do, start a fight?” Shurmur said, via “What I want my guys to do is play fast and physical from the snap to the whistle.”

Browns receiver Greg Little said he doesn’t expect any of his offensive teammates to be blocking Harrison any differently than they block anyone else in any other game.

“I don’t think we should go about this game with personal vendettas,” Little said. “The optimal goal is to win the game, not try to take a cheap shot on guys.”

That’s what the league office will want to hear. Harrison has already been suspended for his shot on McCoy. If a Browns player goes after him, that player may be suspended for the first game of the 2012 season.

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61 Responses to “Browns say they won’t go after James Harrison”
  1. steelbydesign says: Dec 28, 2011 7:34 PM

    That’s because they’re all scared of him.

  2. jayman35 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:35 PM

    Maybe they should start a fight. James Harrison knocked their starting QB out of the game (and several games) with a cheap and illegal helmet to helmet hit. If that doesn’t light a fire under their a$$ then not much else will. Then again, nothing has motivated anyone in Cleveland this year.

  3. tfbuckfutter says: Dec 28, 2011 7:36 PM

    I hope the Browns take the high road…..

    And after someone intentionally blows out Harrison’s knee with a low blow, they whine nonstop about how they didn’t realize it was against the rules.

  4. redguy12588 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:40 PM

    I can think of a million things I’d rather do than try and make James Harrison mad.

  5. aholdson28 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:42 PM

    I am a Browns die hard and it pains me to say this but…who would we send after him? Owen Marecic? Owen Wilson would stand a better chance

  6. jacunn2000 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:45 PM

    1, because they are scared.
    2. Because they seem to care less about the franchise QB

  7. rr2000k says: Dec 28, 2011 7:47 PM

    Of course they won’t say it, but…

  8. melikefootball says: Dec 28, 2011 7:49 PM

    If they hit Harrison I can see the TV feed to the league office……blurry !

  9. bjtodd says: Dec 28, 2011 7:50 PM

    Without a doubt you go after him. Fines, suspensions, talks, etc haven’t worked. I guess the only thing left is taking him out, PERMANENTLY! He’s too dumb to understand the rules, but everyone understands when their leg is broken. Pain is the greatest teacher. Wouldn’t mind if Ryan Clark got pooped too. Just as dirty, but he’s smaller and his hits don’t cause as much damage.

  10. tjg25 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:54 PM

    They should thank him. Colt is a joke.

  11. hedleykow says: Dec 28, 2011 7:58 PM

    Browns won’t go after Harrison, but if his knee cap happens to get in the way, too effing bad!

  12. johntonioholmes says: Dec 28, 2011 7:59 PM

    The hit was illegal but it wasn’t cheap.

    These guys are professionals. They should know that it’s just football.

  13. lionsfanatic84 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:03 PM

    I wouldn’t go after James Harrison either

  14. niko0063 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:08 PM

    Let’s be honest, outside of Thomas and Mack, who really stands a chance against Harrison?

  15. antibenapalooza says: Dec 28, 2011 8:08 PM

    Forget Harrison, go after Pig Ben Rottenberger! Be all you can be, take him out for good.

  16. cardmagnet says: Dec 28, 2011 8:09 PM

    They would be dumb to blatantly go after him, because it would hurt the team as a whole.

  17. tarquinfintimlinbin says: Dec 28, 2011 8:10 PM

    What does this have to do with Rex Ryan?

  18. vikescry1 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:10 PM

    revenge? how about get better as a football team and hurt him by kicking there arse? how about playing angry? like you want to win? browns offense just looks???? bad.

  19. steelerchicken says: Dec 28, 2011 8:15 PM

    I am sure James Harrison is afraid of the Brownies

  20. steelcurtainn says: Dec 28, 2011 8:17 PM

    Of course they won’t….. Not unless they want Harrison to knock another Browns player out. Way to go Brownies, intelligent thinking for once.

  21. mikeypanic says: Dec 28, 2011 8:20 PM

    wise decision.

    he owns them.

  22. maddenwizkid says: Dec 28, 2011 8:21 PM

    Pick on somebody your own size!

  23. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:23 PM

    James Harrison is an absolute monster. He made an illegal but not cheap play and the Browns are smart enough to know the difference.

  24. contract says: Dec 28, 2011 8:35 PM

    And the whole damn world was going to get Hines Ward year after year after year after year. Quit whining and play football!

  25. clevefanlego says: Dec 28, 2011 8:38 PM

    Puck James Harrison and the steeler nation. I hope cleveland comes out and does a couple Suh Stomps on him and show their support for Colt.

  26. westclaims says: Dec 28, 2011 8:47 PM

    Browns don’t have to go after Harrison. Just show up and play. He will go after you, to prove a point that he can do whatever he wants.

    Don’t retaliate, just let him do what he does. This guy won’t be able to resist steppin’ in it.

    Let him add to his track record. Suspensions will get bigger and bigger.

  27. Ricardo Grande says: Dec 28, 2011 9:00 PM

    James Harrison is only bad-ass when he head hunts defenseless QB’s and receivers. Let’s see how tough his knees are…

  28. dennis2488 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:01 PM

    players like james harrison and terrell suggs are cowards. if you you rile them up they will look to take a cheap shot and injure somebody. its best to take a shot at them physically and not to give them ammo verbally.

  29. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 28, 2011 9:04 PM

    They’d better go after him, I’ll be pissed if they don’t. Who cares about getting ejected or a fine, its the last day of a 4-12 season and these guys make thousands upon thousands of dollars.

    Pashos on his hands and knees behind Harrison and Mack shoving him backwards.

  30. cowhawkfan says: Dec 28, 2011 9:06 PM

    How you peoe kidding? You actually think Brown’s players are scared of Harrison? What a joke. These are professional football players. I don’t believe they “fear” one another. I do thing the laws of baseball should apply though. When a pitcher hits your player, sho do you go after, the other teams best player. It causes peer pressure to not bean guys. The Browns should go after Rotesberger or who ever the Brownies put out there with good clean, late shots and teach the Steelers, “you go after my QB, I go after yours”. Trust me, if this rule was applied consistently, there would be alot fewer cheap shots on QBs.

  31. henrykissingerisgod says: Dec 28, 2011 9:19 PM

    The browns know their roll…show up, take the L and go home

  32. eknirb says: Dec 28, 2011 9:31 PM

    Duh, what are they gonna do, ADMIT before the game to MEDIA that ‘yeah, we’re gonna cheap-shot him.’

  33. jf203 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:35 PM

    OKAAY…we wont go after him…

    just like the guy said to the girl in the car of the bar..”dont worry I wont… in ur mouth”

    chop block..shred the knee..he definitely deserves it

  34. thefiesty1 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:53 PM

    They are going to give him a chance to take out another player this time.

  35. tfbuckfutter says: Dec 28, 2011 9:53 PM

    I just want to see someone stand over James Harrison, while he writhes in pain, saying “U Mad Bro?”

  36. ron69 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:58 PM

    Probably Mack could handle him and i don’t see anyone else, Harrison would beat him anyway

  37. nightrain42 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:59 PM

    It wasn’t a illegal hit. McCoy took 5 steps as a runner the flipped it at the last minute. That was football. Goodell has a woody for Harrison!

  38. bfliger86 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:01 PM

    there will be no point in retaliating for a FOOTBALL tackle that involved helmet to helmet which does happen in football if it was a running back that harrison hit there wouldnt have been a flag or suspension the qbs in todays era of football might as well play flag football you get a flag and a fine/suspension if u look at him wrong i understand they are trying to protect the players but they are taking so much out of the game by the useless tacky calls helmet to helmet should be a penalty yes but make it for EVERY TEAM EVERY GAME… i have seen many calls not made and penalties been called for a clean tackle so pick what you want it to be and browns fans quit complaining about this hit that happened TWO weeks ago its over with and with that note why hasnt cleveland recieved any punishment for putting mccoy back into that game after he clearly had a concussion…..

  39. 8man says: Dec 28, 2011 10:03 PM

    I’ll go after him! He’ll kill me, but I’ll blind him in the process.

    Piece of crap Stooler garbage!

  40. cereal blogger says: Dec 28, 2011 10:12 PM

    Harrison is the one who is going to retaliate, he wants to finish the job. Until the NFL gets serious with its suspensions, this juicer is never going to get it.

  41. imjinbrdgr says: Dec 28, 2011 10:14 PM

    howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 28, 2011 9:04 PM

    They’d better go after him, I’ll be pissed if they don’t. Who cares about getting ejected or a fine, its the last day of a 4-12 season and these guys make thousands upon thousands of dollars.
    Really? Those guys make thousands of dollars. Holy Cow I didn’t know it was that much!

  42. aljack88 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:21 PM

    Why would any similar sized football player be scared of Harrison? It’s not like he’s been in any fights like they have in the NHL Scariest OLB to ever play was Andre Tippett. The Hall of Famer never had to worry about retaliation because of his clean play but no one was going to take on a 250 lb black belt. At the age of 52, he’ld probably still KO Harrison in a fight.

    The time for any Brown player to retaliate would have been the first play after Harrison’s hit on McCoy, at the latest. Someone should have gone after him as soon as it happened.

  43. bleed4philly says: Dec 28, 2011 10:58 PM

    Colt McCoy is not worth a retaliation. QB is worse than Sanchez.

  44. jf203 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:07 PM

    Harrison is a punk..and will get his

  45. TheWizard says: Dec 29, 2011 12:20 AM


    If they had the balls, they would have taken care of it the same day.

    Not many of today’s athletes enforce any sort of code, better to let the principal handle it by giving the offender a “time out”.

  46. paulieorkid says: Dec 29, 2011 12:32 AM

    Not saying one of the Browns will or won’t launch a cheap shot. However, what a team is merely SAYING their intentions are means little.

    The “talk is cheap” line applies in multiple contexts, and this is certainly one of them — it’s easy to merely say just about anything, and only the most foolish would place a target on their back(s) before kickoff in this era of rampant fines and suspensions.

  47. MikeHolmgren'sChins says: Dec 29, 2011 1:13 AM

    Is there any chance Harrison would do a helmet to headset hit on Pat Shurmur and knock some sense into him?

  48. macbull says: Dec 29, 2011 6:07 AM

    The Browns “say” they will not go after Harrison…but you can bet every player whose job it is to block Harrison, is going to be getting a hat on him on every offensive play.

    There is a perfectly legal way to go after a defensive player…you block the hell out of him, on every single play…taking every legal shot you get.

    Just watch the game…it will be fun…just tune in and watch.

    …did I mention, some of those plays might call for double teams, at the point of attack?

    It should be fun…

    …who knows, it will be fun

  49. grandpoopah says: Dec 29, 2011 7:04 AM

    Based on the comments here, Browns fans are very insecure and not very bright. Was it James Harrison who sent McCoy back into the game with a concussion?

  50. test2402 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:10 AM

    They won’t go after Tim Tebow either.

  51. blueglaze says: Dec 29, 2011 7:37 AM

    Good… Cuz this is football.

  52. runrickyrun34 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:00 AM

    “players like james harrison and terrell suggs are cowards. if you you rile them up they will look to take a cheap shot and injure somebody. its best to take a shot at them physically and not to give them ammo verbally.”

    – Really? Cowards? The fact that James Harrison does what he does knowing he’ll get penalized would actualy suggest the opposite. As for Suggs, mentioning him is irrelvant and suggesting cheap shots/injuring people? Where are you getting that from? Lastly, both of these guys are physical beasts. Despite what you think about Harrison, the man played with a broken orbital bone and Suggs, while not as severe as Harrison’s injury, has also played injured. I usually don’t outright say that comments are dumb, but yours was. Nor does it really make any sense.

  53. samuel1957 says: Dec 29, 2011 8:54 AM

    colt was taken out because the browns were cut blocking pouncey. the message to knock it off was sent by potsie [farrior] remember the shove out of bounds? when that was ignored then it became open season on colt maybe they learned their lesson, got the message. we will see on sunday.

  54. flushdownmikebrown says: Dec 29, 2011 9:05 AM

    Having to be a Steelers fan and support scum of the earth like Harrison, Roethlisberger, Taylor, Woodley etc.

    I’d rather go 0-16.

    Get some class Pittsburgh. We all know your economy already sucks and there is nothing good in crap hole of a city

  55. holeinone09 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:28 AM

    @flushdownmikebrown says:
    Dec 29, 2011 9:05 AM
    Having to be a Steelers fan and support scum of the earth like Harrison, Roethlisberger, Taylor, Woodley etc.

    I’d rather go 0-16.

    Get some class Pittsburgh. We all know your economy already sucks and there is nothing good in crap hole of a city

    * * * * *

    A little jealous, no?


  56. gmen1987 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:49 AM

    If the Browns really want to make Harrison cry, they should trade for him next year and make him play and live in Cleveland.

  57. naanunaanu says: Dec 29, 2011 10:01 AM

    The best revenge the browns can get is Beating the steelers and make them go on the road in the playoffs!!! But if you send a linebacker at bens facemask I am totally fine with that.

  58. collegefanman says: Dec 29, 2011 11:24 AM

    Point at the scoreboard at the end of the game. That is revenge in a competition.

  59. krank00 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:39 AM

    People keep saying there is no Santa Clause but he still comes every year.

  60. steelers7 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:57 AM

    Even if they went after him he would still run him over and sack Mcoy.

  61. jimmer2372 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:27 PM

    “Browns say they won’t go after James Harrison”

    Harrison responded:

    “I will eat a Cleveland Brown for supper at midfield on TV live. “

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