The NFL has reduced the biggest fine it levied on Steelers linebacker James Harrison this season by one-third.
Harrison's fine was reduced from $75,000 to $50,000 for his hit on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi Oct. 17. Although Harrison lost his appeal, the NFL decided today to reduce the fine by $25,000.
"We're very pleased with the reduction and it's good step in the right direction," said Harrison's agent, Bill Parise.
Harrison was fined four times this season for $125,000, which now stands at $100,0000. Parise on Tuesday will appeal a $25,000 fine on Harrison for a hit in Buffalo Nov. 28.
In a statement, the NFL said tonight:
"We can confirm the outcome of those appeals. The fines of Dunta Robinson of the Atlanta Falcons and Brandon Meriwether of the New England Patriots for flagrant hits against defenseless receivers have been reduced on appeal. The appeals officer, Ted Cottrell, reduced Robinson's fine from $50,000 to $25,000 and Meriweather's fine from $50,000 to $40,000. Following these decisions, Cottrell took the additional step of reviewing the appeal of James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison was fined $75,000 earlier this season for a similar flagrant hit. Cottrell consulted with Commissioner Goodell about reducing Harrison's fine to $50,000 and the commissioner fully supported the decision. Cottrell said he reduced the fines because the players said they understood the rules and have made efforts to adjust their techniques to play within the rules that protect player safety."