Adam Schefter has reported that the NFL is suspending Pittsburgh’s James Harrison for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland QB Colt McCoy last Thursday. The hit prompted Colt McCoy’s dad to tell a Cleveland newspaper his son didn’t remember anything in the game after it.
It is the first suspension for a helmet hit, and is the fifth time Harrison has been penalized for personal fouls related to helmet hits over the last three seasons. Last year, he was fined on multiple occasions. In the offseason, he took his frustration out on Commissioner Goodell, calling him a “crook and a puppet” and that he wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.
I’m sure Goodell took those comments into consideration.
On this hit, the specific incident alone wasn’t any worse than several others, though Harrison did clearly lead with his helmet immediately after McCoy passed to a receiver. It was likely the accumulation of incidents that ultimately led to this decision.