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Steelers LB James Harrison fined again, this time for hit on Saints QB Drew Brees

By Cindy Boren

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James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker who was fined $75,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Cleveland Browns wide receiver Oct. 17, has been fined $20,000 for a late hit on Drew Brees on Sunday night.

That brings Harrison's total fines for the year to a nice, round $100,000. He was fined $5,000 for a hard hit on Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young on Sept. 19.

Two days ago, Harrison met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to discuss the NFL's increased enforcement of penalties and fines for illegal and dangerous hits. Harrison, who gave two Browns players concussions on a brutal Sunday that brought a crackdown by the league, called the meeting "semi-productive." After he was fined $75,000 Harrison initially considered retirement.

I'm not sure I agree with the poster of this video that this was a vicious hit, but it did seem late and there was a helmet in Brees' back. Do you think the NFL's crackdown on hits, stemming from a day of brutal ones, is hurting its product, as Troy Polamalu, Phillip Daniels, Clinton Portis and others do? Is the NFL overreacting?

By Cindy Boren  | November 4, 2010; 1:02 PM ET
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Comments

I was told there would be no math!

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 4, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

For you, Smack, I'll do the maths.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 4, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

James Harrison as Bobby Boucher Jr.in The Waterboy II.
Momma says to Bobby "You don't have what they call "the social skills." That's why you never have any friends, 'cept fo' yo' mama."

Posted by: Weave160 | November 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

So Jimmy had to go to the principals office for toughing a girl (quarterback)on her bottom!! The NFL is becoming GHEY!!

Posted by: digger76 | November 4, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Simple solution ... take their helmets and pads away ... see how many of these hits happen then.

Posted by: topwriter | November 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It's football, played by football players. Ever wonder why they don't have a team made up of refs and league suits? Let the retired players from the preceeding season form a committee to review and judge. At least they know the game. The NFL is going to turn the sport into soccer played at baseball speed.

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 4, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

topwriter said:
Simple solution ... take their helmets
and pads away ... see how many of these
hits happen then.

Down here in New Zealand we call that Rugby ;-) The hits still happen but with a lot fewer injuries.

Posted by: gonekiwi | November 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the NFL might need to make some drastic changes like banning helmets altogether.

NFL Bans Helmets to Reduce Helmet-to-Helmet Hits

http://www.thechicagodope.com/2010/11/01/nfl-to-ban-helmets-to-reduce-helmet-to-helmet-hits/

Posted by: Copernic | November 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Vicious hit? Perhaps not. Cheap hit? Certainly. Eventually, some offensive lineman with his own axe to grind will square up with Harrison. Intimidation can work both ways. Now that Harrison has established his credentials as a cheapshot artist, he has made himself a target as well. And he may find out the hard way that he's not exactly the meanest dog in the junkyard.

Posted by: CS49 | November 4, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I call it CHEATING.

It's like trying to kneecap your opponent because they are better than you. Knock the talented opponent out of the game so they lose.

Steelers = talentless dirty thugs

Posted by: info23 | November 4, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

topwriter - "Simple solution ... take their helmets and pads away ... see how many of these hits happen then."

The game would then be called rugby, or as one opined, "a ruffian's game played by gentlemen".

Posted by: wrigleywrat | November 4, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Fine the Steelers a quarter million.

Posted by: chucke2 | November 4, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Vicious, illegal hit?? Please, Washington Post. You sound like the TMZ entertainment show. See how much you can sensationalize. James was doing his job. As my hero Jack Lambert said, put skirts on 'em. This is football. Can't take it, go into ballet. The commissioner's office is out of control. Too much power and too few brain cells.

Posted by: iniseire | November 4, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Go out on the field and don't hit people and see how popular the game is. The NFL is a bunch of hypocrites. They well DVDs of the greatest hits in the game of football, but fine players when they play their position. Sick and tired of Goodell and his stupid fines. Wait till it happens to your team, to one of your players and then see how you like it.

Posted by: iniseire | November 4, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Go out on the field, allow quarterbacks to do what they want, don;t hit them and see how popular the game is. The NFL is a bunch of hypocrites. They sell DVDs of the greatest hits in the game of football, but fine players when they play their position. Sick and tired of Goodell and his stupid fines. Wait till it happens to your team, to one of your players and then see how you like it.

Posted by: iniseire | November 4, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Cheap shots? Illegal hits? Try tickets to a game, jerseys, hats, jackets and on and on. They play at our expense and live a gifted life on our dime. For the megamillions, sweet baby Breesus and the rest of the pre-madonnas can take their shots and be glad we still find it worth the money.

Posted by: srt3254junk | November 5, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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