Goodell: Harrison wants to play within rules

November, 8, 2010
CINCINNATI -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison is working to alter his game.

Goodell met briefly with the media during an ESPN-sponsored event leading into the "Monday Night Football" matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) and Cincinnati Bengals (2-5). Goodell also met with Harrison last week to discuss his string of fines this season.

Harrison has become the poster child this year for the NFL's increased policing of big hits and player safety. The former defensive player of the year has been fined a total of $100,000 this season for big hits on opposing players.

"I think James is an outstanding player, and he wants to play the game within the rules," Goodell said. "He's certainly a tough football player, and I admire him very much on that level. I think one of the things he's frustrated by is when the offensive player is moving. And when the offensive player is moving, how do I, as a defensive player, adjust?"

Goodell said that is something the league's competition committee will continue to discuss in the offseason.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter



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