Steelers’ Harrison fined $20,000 by NFL
Two days after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about helmet-to-helmet hits, Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison on Thursday was fined $20,000 for a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Harrison has been fined three times this season for a total of $100,000.
“The amount of money is becoming an issue,” he said. “Two of the fines they issued to me weren’t even called penalties, so I don’t know what to say.”
The three-time Pro Bowler said he expected a fine for the penalty he drew for hitting Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the Steelers’ 20-10 loss Sunday. He didn’t exactly buy the NFL’s reasoning, though.
“They were saying because I put my face mask into his back,” Harrison said. “I don’t really think I put my facemask in his back. I thought it was off to the left, but they had a different view of it.”
Harrison met with Goodell on Tuesday at league headquarters in New York. Their talk came two weeks after he was fined $75,000 for what the NFL classified a dangerous helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.
“They wanted to see me,” Harrison said. “It’s not like I could say, ‘Hey, I’m not coming.’ ”
By the numbers
28 : The Steelers’ NFL rank in touchdowns when inside the opponent’s 20-yard line
36.8 : The Steelers’ touchdown percentage when inside the opponent’s 20-yard line
“Probably ahead. When he came back against Cleveland and played as well as he did and the week after, I think it was way ahead of schedule. There are certain phases of the game — all of the hurry-up stuff and the red zone — that takes a little more time, because the field shrinks in the red zone and it’s hard to simulate it out here in practice to get the speed of it.”
— Bruce Arians, Steelers offensive coordinator, on whether quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is where he thought he would be three games into his season