Steelers OLB Harrison fined $75,000 for hits

Posted Oct. 19, 2010 @ 5:40 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The NFL fined Steelers OLB James Harrison $75,000 on Tuesday for his two helmet-to-helmet hits in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Harrison's violent hits knocked WRs Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi out of the game. He was unapologetic about his play on Monday, saying he is out to hurt any opposing player who comes in his vicinity.

NFL executive VP of football operations Ray Anderson said in letters to each of the three players fined on Tuesday, "Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension."

Harrison is a repeat offender, having been fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness in Week Two against the Titans.

The way we see it

Harrison will likely be suspended the next time he lays a helmet-to-helmet hit on an opponent. The NFL is cracking down starting in Week Seven, willing to suspend players for delivering devastating hits, even if they are first-time offenders. Harrison's lack of remorse probably did not help his cause with the steep fine handed down.