Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been something of the poster boy for the NFL’s policy on illegal hits on “defenseless” quarterbacks. Harrison has been fined a number of times since 2009; four to be exact. In that span, Harrison was also fined twice for unnecessary roughness, bringing his total to 6.
For his actions, the NFL has suspended James Harrison one game without pay for a helmet to helmet hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy in their game Dec. 8th. The hit apparently left McCoy with a concussion. Here’s video of the hit if you missed it:
The 2011 League Policies for Players manual states: “Players who were fined for violations in 2009 or 2010, and whose fines were either partially or fully upheld, will be considered second and/or repeat offenders under this policy.”
Harrison may not practice this week or be at the team practice facility or stadium for any other activities during the suspension. He will be reinstated on December 20.
Harrison has three days to appeal the suspension. Once news of the suspension was released, Harrison had this to say, via his official Twitter page:
Looks like Harrison won’t be pursuing that appeal. The Steelers (10-3) are currently tied for first with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North and face the the San Francisco 49ers on the road Monday Night. Harrison is scheduled to make his return Sat., Dec. 24th at home against the St. Louis Rams.
Pray for Sam Bradford.