Fair or not, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is usually thought of as the poster-kid for the NFL’s new rules on helmet-to-helmet hits. So it wasn’t fully unexpected that the first player to be suspended under the much more stringent guidelines was Harrison.
Wyche: Next one particular will be longer
Harrison is now deemed a repeat offender by the league, a status that NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports could earn him a substantial suspension in the future.
But it may raise some eyebrows that on the exact same day his one particular-game suspension was handed down for his helmet-to-facemask hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, Harrison had a conversation with Jerome Bettis, who told ESPN’s “NFL Live” that Harrison isn’t going to alter his playing style.
“He told me he can’t,” Bettis stated when asked if Harrison would alter the way he plays, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Bettis stated he “absolutely” thinks Harrison is probably to continue finding in difficulty for illegal hits, and that Harrison regarded as it “laughable” to be suspended over what he “felt was a very, quite little incident.”
“James mentioned that he’s concerned this will occur again and then there will be a larger suspension,” Bettis mentioned. “But he mentioned to me, ‘I’m not going to worry about it. I’m going to play my game. If they suspend me they suspend me, but I’m not going to alter the way I play football.’”
That stance isn’t likely to sit effectively with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who was forced to sit in front of reporters Tuesday to address the suspension.
“He’s playing illegally, so he’s obtaining penalized,” Tomlin stated. “He’ll either have to adjust his method or boost his technique or he won’t be given an opportunity to.”
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