Steelers LB James Harrison hit with third fine of 2010

The NFL has made it official, as LB James Harrison has been hit with yet another fine.

Today the NFL announced a $20,000 for the late hit penalty Sunday on Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The penalties total $100,000, including a $75,000 fine for his October 17th helmet hit that left Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi with a concussion.

“The amount of money is becoming an issue,” Harrison said Thursday. “The fines that they issued to me, two of them weren’t even called penalties. I don’t even know what to say anymore.”

The $75,000 fine was handed out the week the NFL adopted its tougher stance on hits to the head and neck, a policy that briefly led Harrison to consider retiring.

Harrison was summoned to New York to meet Tuesday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the NFL’s stricter enforcement of dangerous hits. Harrison termed the meeting “semi-productive,” and he said it included a discussion about the Brees hit.

On that play, Harrison was given a roughing-the-passer penalty for tackling Brees from behind after the quarterback threw a pass.

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One Response to “Steelers LB James Harrison hit with third fine of 2010”

  1. Jay says:

    I’m a 4th generation Steeler fan. Harrison is being singled out and the Steeler Defense should all boycott the Monday night game, even if it results in a forfeit and a playoff spot at the end of the year. The league needs to be sent a message they are going too far.

    That said, and in fairness, at least this was a late hit. Unlike either hit in Cleveland where both offensive player LOWERED THEIR OWN HEAD to the level of the defender. This is the cause of the problem, maybe all offensive players should be fined for not running straight up instead of running then tucking.

    Don’t try to feed me the bull that the NFL is trying to “save the league” These same hits have been going on longer than the commissioner is old. It’s American Football is you want soft sports go watch World Soccer.