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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

James Harrison, Hines Ward, Terrell Suggs speak out on fines

By Cindy Boren

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison said there's nothing wrong with the way he plays football, in spite of the $125,000 in fines he has drawn this season from the NFL.

"I am not playing dirty. I am not doing anything outside the lines," Harrison said. I am sure if you ask 10 guys in the league, I am sure eight or nine of them are going to say that he's not a dirty player and he's a hard player and that's he's just getting a bad rep right now."

You'd expect his teammates to come to his defense, just as Hines Ward did Wednesday and Troy Polamalu earlier.

An opponent agrees. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, said he thinks Harrison is targeted. "Your guy over there, 92, I think he is red-flagged. The referees are kind of looking for him. Even if he breathes on a quarterback wrong, he might get a flag."

Harrison who has conferred about the NFL's crackdown on hits with Commissioner Roger Goodell, has been fined four times this season -- most recently $25,000 for a hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick -- for a total of $125,000.

Ryan Clark tweeted: "I reluctantly thank T. Suggs for saying 92 is "red flagged" by refs" and added:

You know something has to be rotten when it stinks bad enough for the Ravens & the Steelers to agree it smells horrible.less than a minute ago via web

By Cindy Boren  | December 1, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
 
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