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03:22 PM on 12/13/2011
Hate to say I told you it was a cheap shot but it was and the league agrees with me. you can leave your apologies below, ty.
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emrogers
What could possibly go wrong?
04:10 PM on 12/13/2011
Listen to Mike Tomlin's press conference - he agrees with you (and me).
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ScorpioRN
Karl Marx was right!
03:19 PM on 12/13/2011
Honestly, the NFL sells violence and you can find numerous DVD's sponsored by the NFL extolling their greatest hits. That is total hypocrisy don't sell us violence and then say it is wrong. That being said the rules have changed and Harrison's hit was head to head, and he did desrve the suspension by today's rules. Hope McCoy gets better and the Browns don't throw him back out on the field too soon.
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jkkFL
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03:00 PM on 12/13/2011
ONE Game?
I guess if he disables someone he'll get 3??
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02:53 PM on 12/13/2011
I hope Ray Lewis gets the same treatment (whenever he gets back into play) when he hits someone helmet to helmet.
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jkkFL
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03:01 PM on 12/13/2011
f&f- Ditto!!!!!
03:45 PM on 12/13/2011
Got something special going on with Ray Lewis or something? I mean why pick him out of all the problem children?
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04:04 PM on 12/13/2011
I'm just going on his hit on Hines Ward where he led with his helmet, gave him a concussion and didn't even get a flag and then received a smaller fine than Ryan Clark did for essentially the same hit.
02:40 PM on 12/13/2011
There are harder hits in a S a n Fr an bath house....
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emrogers
What could possibly go wrong?
04:10 PM on 12/13/2011
I understand you're an expert in that area...
05:38 PM on 12/13/2011
I hear a lot from the fa gg ots on the HP...
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disappointedliberal
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02:38 PM on 12/13/2011
One game? Is the NFL kidding? If Suh's stomping a man's arm justified a two game suspension, then spearing a player in the head is clearly a much worse behavior with a higher probability of serious and long-lasting injury. Given his history I was think something like 4 game minimum. This is not a just penalty. It clearly is not enough to force him to change his behavior.
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Wholigan
03:10 PM on 12/13/2011
Comparing this to what SUH did after the whistle is just dumb.
LOL, U mad?
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disappointedliberal
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03:23 PM on 12/13/2011
What difference does it make if the whistle has blown? Suh stomped a man's arm. Harrison speared a man in the head. Had Suh broke the person's arm, the player may have been out for the season but would be likely to make a full recovery. Harrison spearing a player in the head could cause paralysis or significant brain damage.

Why would you think I am mad? Was it merely because I expressed an opinion which differed from yours? I am not a fan of McCoy or whatever team he plays for. I have nothing personal involved. I was just saying that spearing is illegal but it is particularly dangerous when one player spears another in the head. Such a blatant violation for a repeat offender should require a harsher penalty than what he received.
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chucknchar t
02:24 PM on 12/13/2011
In Suh's case, the guy was holding him down and grabbed his leg as he tried to get up, Harrison hit McCoy after the play was over and that was worst.
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03:01 PM on 12/13/2011
In Suh's case, the play was over and he stood up and stomped on the guy's arm. By the time he did the stomping, his leg was completely free.
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emrogers
What could possibly go wrong?
04:11 PM on 12/13/2011
So what? No one was hurt even a little. The other player didn't even grab his arm.
03:49 PM on 12/13/2011
Nice try but Suh was wrong no matter how you slice it. At least with Harrison it was in the field of play. Suh on the other hand is a guy who can't control himself. Or at least it seems.
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emrogers
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04:12 PM on 12/13/2011
No, this is harrisons FIFTH offense of this kind. He's either still can't figure out the rule or can't control himself.
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dnegri
02:08 PM on 12/13/2011
As a somewhat beleagured 49er fan (the Steelers next opponent), I can only say I heartily agree with the suspension.
02:04 PM on 12/13/2011
I gotta say, I don't think this hit was that bad and don't think he should have been suspended. There are some pretty important facts here that the article doesn't acknowledge such as the fact that McCoy was running the ball. He ran out of the pocket and gave every impression that he was going to try and run past the line of scrimmage with the ball only to pull up just before Harrison hit him and toss it to his side.

Harrison had 1 step to stop himself from hitting McCoy and that's not going to happen at the speed that a defensive player of his caliber plays. He could have, at best, tried to throw himself to the ground in some way but that probably would have been even worse as he may have ended up taking out McCoy's knees.

I think the worst they should have done is fined him. Harrison has tried really hard to play within the league's new hitting rules as evidenced by him continuing to play at a Pro-Bowl caliber without getting penalized this season prior to this incident.
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Pumpsie
02:35 PM on 12/13/2011
You don't understand the problem here. It has nothing to do with a QB being in or out of the pocket. It has nothing to do with hitting a player with the ball. It has everything to do with trying to hit someone on the chin with your full body, leading with the crown of your helmet. If Harrison had aimed at his numbers, and hit him as hard as he possibly could, we would call that "football." But trying to knock someone out with your helmet is not football anymore, it's assault and battery. And that's where Harrison repeatedly goes over the line and that's what the video of this hit clearly indicates. Harrison launches his entire body into McCoy's chin, helmet first. And with Harrison's past infractions, one game isn't enough.
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Lefty88
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04:12 PM on 12/13/2011
Yes! Apparently you and I saw the same video. Very well stated from first word to last.
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disappointedliberal
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02:48 PM on 12/13/2011
I disagree. Harrison lowered his head before the hit. He hit McCoy in the head with the crown of his helmet. If that had been a running back past the line of scrimmage, the play would still have been illegal as spearing. So it is irrelevant that it was a QB or that McCoy was running with the ball. If that is the best he can after trying really hard to play within the rules, then perhaps he should seek another occupation.
03:18 PM on 12/13/2011
I disagree with you. Harrison lowered his head to hit McCoy in the numbers with his shoulder. McCoy threw the ball and then curled up to brace for the hit and lowered his head and caused the helmet to helmet contact. It's football
03:24 PM on 12/13/2011
Hmm seems like most comments don't understand football much, or haven't played any sport to grasp the concept of how fast things develop. McCoy was running towards the first down, regardless the hit was on the helmet totally understood, but totally unintentional as you can clearly see Harrison does lower his helmet. With slo-mo Harrison is seen as pre-determined to cause damage, play it at regular speed, and delete the fact you know he's going to throw the ball, as Harrison doesn't know he's throwing for all he knows he's running for the first down and when that happens a tackle is a natural occurrence.

By your occupation comment, I am assuming you don't follow football. Harrison was awarded the 2008 Defensive player of the year, but as of last year the NFL rules have evolved, granted for the better to avoid long term brain damage. But when all a player knows is football, and has been thought to play a certain way his entire life, can't expect all incidental contact to end because the rules changed. Harrison was flipping burgers and was cut from the league twice but his determination and aggressive and effective method of play made him one of the best defensive players in the league.
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Kritikos
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02:01 PM on 12/13/2011
It could happen to any repeat defender.
AtticusinPa
Sapere aude. Incipe!
01:49 PM on 12/13/2011
Two points which the article omitted: First, McCoy had left the pocket and was running the ball toward the line of scrimmage as Harrison closed on him. Only at the last second did McCoy actually raise his arm and dump the ball over Harrison's head. A quarterback on the run is fair game and may be tackled. So, the difference between "roughing the passer" and "roughing the runner" is a hard one to determine. Second, you have to watch the play at normal speed to tell how short the time frame was. Slow motion does Harrison a disservice as it makes it look like he had seconds to tell that McCoy was going to actually pass. At real speed, McCoy looks like he is running the ball. Given that this is Harrison's first penalty for such a hit this year, it seems he is trying to mend his ways. This was unfortunate for both men.
02:12 PM on 12/13/2011
the point was helmet to helmet wasn't it? not whether he was running or passing, doesn't really matter.
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chucknchar t
02:26 PM on 12/13/2011
From what I saw, McCoy had released the ball and Harrison hit him after the ball was thrown
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02:55 PM on 12/13/2011
He released the ball barely a second before the hit and he only threw it because he knew he was going to get hit.
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Drama Llama
01:45 PM on 12/13/2011
That hit was unfortunate but he was scrambling.. I understand the need to protect players but we might as well just make it flag football and get it over with.
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dropthedh
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02:02 PM on 12/13/2011
Or we could just let those ex-players bring their drool cups and live with you. As more and more players are diagnosed with CTE, the NFL and other football leagues will have to rethink the game.
03:30 PM on 12/13/2011
Don't worry about the old players. They won't know how badly they're hurt because the steroids will have dulled their brains by then so they will think they are OK. Mike Webster seemed perfectly happy living in his car.

If the league wants to pretend they care so much about the players after their career is over they would give them a decent pension and medical plan. Don't hold your breath. They will continue to flow with the crisis of the day to protect the Golden Goose, even if it kills the sport. Just like Nascar.
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Barry Harper
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02:07 PM on 12/13/2011
Your right its' professional football not tiddely winks .
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jkkFL
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03:07 PM on 12/13/2011
What do you think- make them death matches, too?
We could bring real lions..
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FirstGame72
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01:42 PM on 12/13/2011
What's most surprising - although I haven't heard which game yet - that this suspension isn't for the Steelers game with the Browns in a couple of weeks.
If Harrison actually sits out this weekend and returns to face Cleveland things could get very ugly (and from a browns perspective they should get ugly). I'm surprised the league office didn't take that into consideration.
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troberts1943
01:52 PM on 12/13/2011
The game was played Dec 15th on Thursday
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Wholigan
03:11 PM on 12/13/2011
With out without Harrison, the Steelers owns Cleveland.
01:32 PM on 12/13/2011
Before long they will take kick ball out of the schools Oh I forgot they already did in some states. These mae know the danger before they take the field. I did not think it was a bad hit the guy got up. I throught that if the QB tan two steps he was legal to hit. I guess these guys are special . Let get back to good old football. down when flat not a knee flat
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tenzenz
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01:43 PM on 12/13/2011
You haven't been paying attention. McCoy does not remember anything about the game, after that point. That's pretty serious. IT was Helmet to Helmet Contact, which is illegal. Harrison could have been seriously injured, as well, and needs to keep his head up, in order to maintain better control, and avoid breaking his own neck. It's a rule that is taught in the pee wees. "Keep Your Head UP". Many of the Neck Injuries to Football Players are a result of putting their head down, and leading with the crown of the helmet. The Rule is just as important for the Tackler, as it is for the player being hit
01:30 PM on 12/13/2011
Good hit Harrison! Colt McCoy even acknowledged it during the game. Take the day off.