Gerry Dulac reported today via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison said today that he doesn\’t think he will be suspended by NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit Thursday night on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Dulac quoted Harrison as saying, “I don’t think I have anything to worry about.” According to Dulac, Harrison continued on to say, “Not going to go with ifs. I don’t have to worry about that. We\’ll see what happens.”
There have been several reports speculating since the game ended Thursday night that Harrison will likely be fined six figures for the fourth quarter hit on McCoy that knocked him out the game for a few plays, and that the league was considering suspending Harrison for up to two games. The suspension announcement, if there even is one handed out, would likely be announced on Tuesday sometime.
Harrison stated after the game that he did not think that he did anything wrong as he thought McCoy was considered a runner at that point after he tucked the ball underneath his arm while scrambling outside the tackle box. Harrison viewed him as a runner at that point. McCoy decided to pass the ball as Harrison closed quickly on him and had just finished his throwing motion before Harrison made contact to his facemask with his helmet. The hit knocked McCoy clear off of his feet and Harrison was flagged on the play.