Harrison speaks on McCoy hit


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Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison said he doesn't think he will be suspended by the National Football League for his penalized hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy and isn't going to worry about the possibility.

Harrison was at practice today at the team's South Side facility -- their first workout since Thursday night's 14-3 victory against the Browns in which McCoy came out of the game and was later diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Harrison.

"I don't think it's suspension-worthy," Harrison said after practice. "I don't think it's worthy of anything, but that's just my own personal thoughts."

Harrison is likely to be fined for his hit on McCoy, who returned to the game several plays later, and the fine could be heavy if the league chooses to deem him a repeat offender.

Harrison was fined $100,000 in 2010 for several illegal hits, but hasn't been fined yet this season.

The NFL said Harrison's hit was illegal because he violated a rule "that prohibits defensive players from using their helmet against a passer who is in a defenseless posture, including by "forcibly hitting the passer's head or neck area with the helmet or facemask."

"They didn't even call helmet-to-helmet; they called roughing the passer," Harrison said. "He took off running with it and, at the last second, he like chuck-and-ducked.

"He tucked the ball and made like he was about to run. So I was going to tackle him."

Defensive captain and linebacker James Farrior said he would upset if Harrison were suspended.

"I just think it's an act of football," Farrior said, "I know it was an illegal hit, but it's within the framework of the game. It's not intentional. Sometimes stuff like that happens. We understand the penalty, we understand the rules, but it is a part of the game."

Asked if he would upset if he were suspended, Harrison said. "I'm not going to go with ifs. I don't have to worry about that. We'll see what happens when the time comes and I'll give you what I got on it then."


Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com ; twitter: @gerrydulac First Published December 12, 2011 5:00 AM


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