October 19, 2010 by staff
The issue in the wake of statements by the NFL on the stroke of helmet-helmet on Monday is whether they will be suspended. Harrison and Meriweather comments indicate that perhaps the only way to change their behavior.
“I played aggressively and something happened,” said Meriweather WEEI Monday by the Boston Herald. “I’m going to be aggressive. Point Blank. I’m not going to change my game, period. I’m sorry it happened. ”
Meriweather went on to say he is a friend with Ravens tight end Todd Heap, the player hit. They spoke after the game.
“That’s football. You have many good players, when you think of something, anything can happen in a split second,” said Meriweather. “My decision was split second to be aggressive and not wait for that.”
Harrison, meanwhile, takes heat for hit on Browns wideout Mohammad Massaquoi. The NFL confirmed Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that hit knocked Harrison Josh Cribbs was legal, but they are examining hit Massaquoi.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the hits were clean after the game. So does Harrison.
“I’m not afraid of being fined for this. Not at all,” said Harrison via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If I receive a fine in this regard, it must be a parody. They did not call [on penalties] that. There is no way that I can be fined. ”
Harrison had no remorse in comments broadcast by the Associated Press.
“I do not want to hurt anyone,” Harrison said. “There is a big difference between violence and injuries. You hurt; you shake and come back the next series or the next game. I’m trying to hurt the people. ”
This is not an issue in black and white. Steeler’s safety Ryan Clark falls on some of the gray matter.
“I think sometimes people react to highlights from the hit instead of effectively the stroke has been applied,” Clark said. “They look at the consequences, ‘Oh, this guy is eliminated, it must be dirty. This is not necessarily true. ”
We agree that the game’s outcome often dictates the attention it receives. Some “dirty” hits are never noticed, because everyone is going well. But this does not mean the NFL should ignore the problem. The league has to try to take care of the players, because players have shown they do not take care of them.
They will play in concussions. They will attack with their helmets, and worry about consequences later. Harrison was asked if he still fears for his own noggin, given his style of play “No, I’m not worried about it,” he said. “This is one of the risks you take.”
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