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Sunday, December 11, 2011

James Harrison to Be Suspended?

Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain is sharing a report from ESPN that the NFL is considering a "1 to 2 game suspension" for James Harrison's helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

You can see a replay of the hit itself.

The fact that Harrison made helmet-to-helmet contact is inarguable.

McCoy of course had been running with the ball tucked, and then tossed it out at the last moment. NFL rules stat, however, that in those situations the burden is on the defender, not the quarterback.

Ealier, Bob Smizik of the Post-Gazette cited a Mike Florio article that at least in principle argued merits that Harrison might be innocent. Later, Smizik cited another Florio article that indicated the NFL was indeed planning to punish Harrison.

That Harrison would get a stiff fine from the NFL seems to be an accepted fact, but the ESPN report is the first to suggest that a suspension is in the works.

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Tony Defeo said...

I simply don't see the reason for suspending Harrison. It's his first "offense" of the year. If any one should be suspended, it's the Browns coaches for letting Mccoy go back in the game.

James Robertson said...

I think he deserves to be suspended. The rule is very clear. The QB is not a runner until he advances past the line of scrimmage because he can still pass which is exactly what McCoy did.

KT said...

Thanks guys. I've made my position clear in a later post....