Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Browns players take their shots at Harrison
By Jamison Hensley
Days after seeing James Harrison's helmet-to-helmet blow to Colt McCoy, it was time for Browns players to take their shots at the Steelers linebacker.
Offensive tackle Tony Pashos referred to it as a "cheap shot," and wide receiver Josh Cribbs called the hit excessive.
"I feel like he didn't have to make that hit," Cribbs told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I feel like he's trying to make a play, but on that one, there's no play to be made on the quarterback."
Cribbs knows Harrison better than anyone on the Browns because they were teammates at Kent State.
"I feel like he's trying to put people out of the game," Cribbs told the paper. "As a linebacker, that's what his job is. That's why he's been so successful in this league. That's also why he's been highly fined in this league as well, but also successful."
This marks the second straight year that Harrison has caused a Browns player to suffer a concussion. Last year, Harrison was fined $75,000 (later reduced to $50,000) for his hit on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.
"It's hard for us to say we're just going to let the league take care of it, because Colt's our guy ... obviously all of us aren't very happy about it," tight end Evan Moore said, "but I don't think the best way for us to respond is for us to start breaking the rules and lower ourselves to that level."