Harrison Flagged Again For Leading With Helmet

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (KDKA/AP) Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison incurred a costly roughing-the-passer penalty against Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday.

With 4:45 to go in the third quarter, Harrison came untouched up the middle of the line on a Pittsburgh blitz. The linebacker drove Fitzpatrick into the ground, and he was flagged for leading with his helmet.

Harrison stomped his foot on the ground following the play.

Harrison has been docked $80,000 for hits this season, and was called to the NFL office in New York recently regarding how rules designed to protect players from injury are being enforced.

There is no word on whether another fine will be handed down at this time.

The Steelers went on to win 19-16 in overtime to improve to 8-3 on the year.

  • barb

    a bunch of wooses. namby pamby NFL rules

    • Marilyn

      Football has become very boring, all they do is throw flags. I don’t want to see anyone hurt, but this is getting silly, they won’t let them play the game.

  • local

    What a crock this is. Maybe Harrison should find a legal remedy for NFL ref’s and league for singling him out. That hit Sunday was as clean and perfect as it gets for NFL football. That ref should get flagged for incompetence.

  • pele

    Did anyone else notice the ref had his hand on the flag before Harrison even touched the QB. now if that isnt premeditated nothing would come close. If the Steelers were smart they would ask for an immediate meeting the NFL higher ups to explain themselves.

  • Leige Lindsay

    Yes pele I noticed that myself. After that flag that took the Steelers Blitz scheme right out of the game. That was a good clean hit. They say he led with his head well DAH.. you head sits ontop of your shoulders and always is going to be first. His shoulder pads are what made contact, not his head. These refs are getting ridiculous. I wonder if they know that this is the NFL and not elementary? I

  • Cory

    The NFL is a joke. Roger Goodell is a joke, and the officiating is a joke. It’s a shame.

  • Todd

    With the way these flags are flying, the players are going to need skirts and high heels. Sooner or later the players are going to be scared to high five each other.

  • Killer

    What I wish the Steelers would do is to make a list and publish it somewhere – on their website or in the paper. A list of all the calls the ref’s DO NOT call against the other teams. I have been noting many calls they should have flagged yesterday against Buffalo, but did not. i.e. pass interference, how about ruffing up Ben after he was down….nope, all they do is pick on the Steelers. This just can’t go on. Way lopsided and way unfair. Come on Steelers, back me up – you know this is true, just check the video’s.

  • goofoff

    I think the refs should start getting fined for bad calls. Maybe that’d make it fair.

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