|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $25,000 on Tuesday for his penalized hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Harrison has been fined four times this season, totaling $125,000. Harrison drew a roughing-the-passer penalty for hitting Fitzpatrick helmet-first during Pittsburgh's 19-16 overtime victory Sunday. The NFL released as email to the Associated Press stating that James Harrison was fined $25,000 for roughing the passer; specifically, he made helmet contact to the chest of the Buffalo quarterback, who was in a defenseless position at the time the contact was made..
After the game, the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker said the play didn't warrant a fine. He compared it to his Nov. 21 roughing-the-passer penalty against Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell that did not draw a fine. Saying that it was the exact same thing and he got the same flag but did not get fined, so he shouldn’t this time either.
Harrison previously was fined $75,000 for a helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, $20,000 for a helmet-to-the-back hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees and $5,000 for a hit on Titans quarterback Vince Young.
The league on Monday rejected Harrison's appeals of the $75,000 and $20,000 fines, although the Steelers supported Harrison's appeal. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declined Tuesday to debate whether Harrison should have been fined for the Fitzpatrick play. But Tomlin suggested Harrison needs to alter his tackling style to conform to the NFL's stricter enforcement of dangerous hits -- a toughened stance that was prompted, in part, by the Massaquoi hit.
Tomlin also was asked if it's fair that the league keeps singling out Harrison for large fines. Tomlin simply responded that life isn’t fair, but his only concern right now is prepping for the Ravens game this Sunday.
Earlier this season, Tomlin and Steelers president Art Rooney II defended Harrison, and Tomlin told his players he doesn't want the league's stance to affect the way they play. Rooney also said the league was wrong for disciplining players for what he thought were legal hits, including the Harrison hit on Massaquoi.