In what should not come as a surprise based on how the officials seem to be calling Steeler games these days, the NFL has announced they have rejected linebacker James Harrison’s appeals of his $75,000 fine for a hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, and $25,000 fine for slamming into Saints quarterback Drew Brees back.
Harrison, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, learned Monday the league turned down his appeals. The NFL also did not reduce the fines. Harrison met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell following the tackle on Massaquoi, one of two Harrison delivered Oct. 17 that caused concussions to Browns players. The Massaquoi helmet-to-helmet hit helped spur the league’s stricter enforcement of dangerous hits.
Harrison, fined $100,000 this season for three separate hits, faces another possible fine for his roughing-the-passer penalty Sunday against Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and seeing how the refs seem to be totally against them, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a fine.