Nov 04

James Harrison, Ernie Sims Fined for Hits; Polamalu Says His Word


Harrison was fined again for illegal hits. Polamalu backs him up

It seems like the more big, playmaking hits James Harrison makes, the more money becomes deducted from his salary. Why? Because of the new rules to protect offensive players from helmet-to-helmet hits. Harrison was fined for $25,000 for another big hit which was on Drew Brees in a New Orleans Saints-Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night football game. Harrison has now totaled up $100,000 in helmet-to-helmet hits.

“The amount of money is becoming an issue,” Harrison said Thursday. “The fines that they issued to me, two of them weren’t even called penalties. I don’t even know what to say anymore.”

Harrison made a roughing-the-passer penalty on the play he hit Brees.

“If you look at the picture, it looks like my head is off to the left, but maybe they had a different view of it,” Harrison said. “Or maybe they’re just listening to the [TV] commentators.”

Harrison claims he did not use any part of his head and he was trying to tackle the right way.

“They tell you to keep your head up, see what you hit, but I guess that’s not the case with a defenseless player,” Harrison said. “I don’t know how you tackle someone and don’t use any part of your head, especially if you’re trying to see what you’re hitting. Your facemask is going to touch them.”