BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns and the rest of the NFL can rest easy.
James Harrison is not a dirty player.
That's the assessment of his coach. Mike Tomlin said Wednesday he is very "comfortable" in saying Harrison is not a dirty player, based on the five years he's coached Harrison.
How, then, does Tomlin reconcile Harrison giving three Cleveland Browns players concussions in the last 14 months by using the top of his helmet as a weapon?
"They're unfortunate plays," Tomlin said. "And I think the circumstances around those plays are well documented."
To re-document those "unfortunate" plays, Harrison lowered his head and drove the top of his helmet into the helmet or jaw of a Browns player three times. It resulted in concussions for Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi and Colt McCoy, and a fine of 75,000 (reduced to 50,000) and a one-game suspension for Harrison.
"Sometimes," Tomlin said, "there are going to be some unfortunate collisions in the game of foot...