Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been excused from Wednesday’s practice after meeting with coach Mike Tomlin about the $75,000 fine Harrison incurred for a helmet hit on a Browns receiver.
His helmet hits caused Browns receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi to leave Sunday’s game with concussions.
Harrison has made it clear he’s upset about the fine, and said he might retire. In radio interviews, Harrison stated that he isn’t certain that he can keep playing the way he has been taught since he was a youngster, now that the league is threatening to suspend players for dangerous hits.
Harrison was fined, but not suspended, for the hit on an unprotected Massaquoi as the receiver attempted to complete a catch.
Harrison was the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Don’t expect any action from Harrison; If he quit, Harrison would owe the Steelers a share of the $20 million in upfront money he collected when he signed a $51.2 million, six-year contract in April 2009.