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Cleveland Browns Should Incur Record NFL Sanctions for Negligent Reaction to Colt McCoy Concussion

Cleveland Browns fans have been busy lately raging for James Harrison to receive lethal injection for interpreting, albeit wrongly, that Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was a "runner" after he tucked the ball and advanced to the line of scrimmage. Earlier McCoy had done the exact same thing and scored a touchdown, though it was adjusted to the one-foot line. After the play, few were paying attention to the sidelines. Browns fans, like Steelers fans not in attendance, were relegated to watching what television decided to show you. I sat in Heinz Field 10 rows from the field with my left eye on McCoy and my right eye on the field. Incredibly, the only thing I saw was the Cleveland medical staff attending to McCoy's left hand, and they didn't spend very much time at that. McCoy was rushed back into the game after sitting out two plays.

McCoy finished the game, getting knocked down again and then sacked on the last play of the game. After the game, members of Cleveland's PR staff asked that lights in the press room be turned off during McCoy's interview so that the Cleveland quarterback, healthy enough to go back into an NFL football game, would not have to deal with bright lights, a classic symptom of a concussion. McCoy squinted often and clutched his face as one does with a splitting headache.

The next morning, after not being able to drive himself home, McCoy told his father, Brad, that he didn't remember the play or plays afterward. Brad McCoy was rightly livid that his son was treated so unprofessionally and allowed to return to action with, determined later of course, indeed a concussion. Mr. McCoy, a long-time coach himself, declared that his high school trainer would have taken more time to assess Colt's condition. It was a classic case of fiddling while Rome burns. Medical experts were more concerned about McCoy's left hand than his brain.

Later examined properly as a concussion, only Head Coach Pat Shurmur has spoken publicly and that has been a total cop-out. Claiming that medical staff was busy with other injuries is also a cop-out. Who were the two men who kept working on McCoy's hand, team bus drivers? Shurmur has refused to answer questions directly, repeating only that the Browns handled the situation properly, which they did not. The SCAT2 concussion test, proper procedure for head trauma, was not administered at all during the critical analysis of McCoy's left hand. Thank God McCoy did not hit his head again in the game.

Steelers fans can recall numerous cases where players have been held out of action when there is any doubt. The Steelers always err on the side of caution, as we've heard Mike Tomlin over and over again. The Browns apparently err on the side of making sure their players have their left hand in tact. Harrison's misinterpretation was like stealing a pack of bubble gum compared to what the Browns did to their own player. Let's be clear here. Harrison's interpretation was wrong and ignorance is no excuse from the law. He'll pay his price. The NFL is trying to eliminate what Harrison did to McCoy and I get that.

Time will tell what will unfold as both the NFL and the Players Association are investigating the situation. Don't be surprised if the Browns receive one of the stiffest penalties in NFL history. Maybe then their fans will stop planning James Harrison's final meal before execution and start worrying about their own house.



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Up to Date Steelers and Ravens Playoff Scenarios

Direct from the NFL, here are the scenarios for the Ravens and Steelers to clinch a playoff berth in Week 15:

RAVENS

  • Clinch with a win or tie
  • or clinch if Jets lose and Raiders lose or tie
  • or clinch if Jets lose and Titans lose or tie
  • or Raiders and Titans lose or tie

STEELERS

  • Clinch with win or tie
  • or if Raiders lose or tie
  • or Titans lose or tie
  • or Broncos lose
  • or Jets lose

Source: Steelers Gab


Harrison Appeal ‘Went Well’

According to reports, James Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, said his appeal meeting with the league “went well. Now we wait”

Roethlisberger & Pouncey Questionable, Woodley Will Play

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declared both quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey as questionable for Monday night’s game at San Francisco.

Both suffered grade 1 high-ankle sprains against Cleveland Thursday night in a 14-3 win. Pouncey said after Monday’s practice that he and Roethlisberger “will be fine,” but Tomlin made it clear that they’ll have to meet certain requirements in practice this week to be cleared to play.

“Maurkice Pouncey and Ben, both, are dealing with ankle sprains,” Tomlin said in his weekly press conference Tuesday. “They’ve worked tirelessly to get themselves back into playing shape, and we’ll see where the week takes us. I think you need to characterize their availability as questionable at this point.”

If Pouncey is unable to play, Doug Legursky will move to center and either Trai Essex or Chris Kemoeatu will slide in at guard.

Both Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon are expected to take considerable snaps at quarterback this week in case Roethlisberger is unable to play.

“If (Roethlisberger is) going to play, he’s going to practice, at least that’s my approach to it,” said Tomlin. “I believe everybody who is going to participate is going to need physical repetitions.”

Other injury news:

  • Safety Troy Polamalu is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury and his participation in practice will determine his availability for Monday night.
  • Tomlin said he’s optimistic about wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
  • Ziggy Hood is dealing with a groin strain, but Tomlin said he “appears to be recovering nicely.” He and linebacker Lamarr Woodley are expected to play this week.
  • Rookie linebacker Chris Carter is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

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Harrison To Appeal Suspension

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers linebacker James Harrison plans to appeal the one-game suspension he received Tuesday afternoon.

Harrison was suspended for a hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy from Thursday night. Although Harrison didn’t expect to be suspended, the NFL chose to ban him from Monday night’s game at San Francisco.

The suspension will cost Harrison more than $ 73,000.

Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac he’s asking for an expedited hearing because the punishment is a suspension and not solely a fine.

Parise added that NFL history will hopefully work to Harrison’s favor — this is the first player suspension because of a tackle in 25 years, when Green Bay Packers defensive end Charles Martin was suspended for body slamming Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon.

Harrison wasn’t available for comment after the suspension was issued and is banned from the team’s practice facility until his suspension is served or an appeal removes the suspension. He did respond to the punishment on Twitter, though.

Harrison first tweeted “LOL!!!” He followed that up with a message to his fans: “Thank you to all my fans and supporters, I’m just going to move on from here and get ready for my next game.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin responded to the suspension Tuesday afternoon at his weekly press conference.

“We are disappointed, we are disappointed for James because we know quite frankly how hard he has worked to play within the rules,” Tomlin said. “He has worked extremely hard to adjust his game. Unfortunately the incident happened. Of course it was a penalty. We have to be accountable for that; he has to be accountable for that. We accept the judgment rendered by the league office and we’ll move forward.”

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Harrison suspended for one game

One day after linebacker James Harrison said he didn’t think his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy deserved a suspension, the National Football League thought differently.Harrison rece...

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Harrison suspended for one game

One day after linebacker James Harrison said he didn’t think his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy deserved a suspension, the National Football League thought differently.Harrison rece...

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James Harrison Appeal To Be Heard Today At 2 Eastern Time

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison reportedly will have his appeal for his one game suspension heard today via a phone conversation at 2:00 p.m. eastern time according to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson. Appeals officer Ted Cottrell will preside over the appeal. Cottrell was a defensive coach in the league for 30 years and is one of two people hired and paid jointly by the league and the NFLPA to hear player appeals. The argument that Harrison will likely try to make to Cottrell is that Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy had the football tucked away as if he was running and was Read more [...]James Harrison Appeal To Be Heard Today At 2 Eastern Time is a post from: Steelers Depot

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Kovacevic: Harrison won’t have last laugh

A one-game suspension from the NFL was the right move if aimed at discouraging Steelers linebacker James Harrison in the future.

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