They probably do not feel much better now. On Tuesday, Harrison, a linebacker,
giubbotti moncler outlet 2012 became the first player suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit since the increased emphasis on the rule began. The N.F.L. sidelined him for one game for a hit to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy’s head last Thursday that resulted in a concussion.
Harrison will probably seek an expedited appeal. That would be considered this week by Art Shell or Ted Cottrell, who are mutually appointed by the league and the players union. If the suspension is upheld, Harrison will miss the Steelers’ game Monday against the San Francisco 49ers.
The league said the blow to McCoy was Harrison’s fifth illegal hit against a quarterback in the past three seasons. Harrison was called for roughing the passer on the play. Last season, the N.F.L. fined Harrison, considered one of the game’s best defensive players, four times for a total of $125,000 for what it called dangerous and banned hits to the head.
During the Steelers’ run to the Super Bowl last season, Harrison taped in his locker a note from the league informing him that the largest of the fines was being reduced. Harrison,
moncler jackets who had been so upset by the earlier penalties that he once threatened to retire, was unmoved by that gesture.
On Monday, Harrison said he thought the hit on McCoy was clean because McCoy had begun to run with the ball before he threw it. The league disagreed, pointing out that quarterbacks outside the pocket are afforded the same protections against a defensive player using his helmet in hitting a passer in a defenseless position.
On Tuesday, moments after the suspension was announced, Harrison had a simple response on his Twitter feed: “LOL!!!”
His teammate LaMarr Woodley added on his Twitter feed, “Wow is all I can say right now.”
The hit on McCoy has caused trouble for the Browns, too. He missed only two plays before returning to the game, and Coach Pat Shurmur has tiptoed around questions about whether the team tested McCoy for a concussion, as N.F.L. protocol calls for, on the sideline before reinserting him. Shurmur said Friday that McCoy did not exhibit concussion symptoms until after the game cheap moncler jackets.