Report: Harrison may be suspended for hits

Posted Dec. 11, 2011 @ 3:14 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Following his helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns QB Colt McCoy, Steelers OLB James Harrison is under scrutiny once again for his violent style of play. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league is considering drastic measures to curb Harrison's aggressiveness.

Schefter reported Sunday the league is considering a suspension — along with a large fine — for Harrison as punishment for the McCoy hit. That would make the Steelers OLB the first player suspended under the league's new player safety rules.  

Harrison hit McCoy just moments after he threw a pass, making the Browns quarterback defenseless. The Pro Bowl linebacker argued he didn't do anything wrong, though replays showed he clearly led with the crown of his helmet.

"From what I understand, once the quarterback leaves the pocket, he's considered a runner," Harrison said. "All the defenseless(ness) and liberties that a quarterback has in the pocket are gone and you can tackle him just as he's a running back. The hit wasn't late, so I really don't understand why it was called."