Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 12/9/11
James Harrison is never going to learn. Late in the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers ugly 14-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns, the oft-fined linebacker drew a 15-yard penalty for a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on quarterback Colt McCoy. As the Browns QB ran up in the pocket, Harrison approached to prevent McCoy from running for a first down. McCoy released the ball quickly. Just as he did, Harrison launched himself at the quarterback, raising his helmet ever-so-slightly before contact. He led with the crown and never attempted to dip his neck. Harrison hit McCoy on the rise and made contact with his helmet, a textbook illegal hit. McCoy left the game for three plays but returned later in the drive. We've defended players getting flagged for dirty hits on this site a number of times. Sometimes it's impossible for a defender to change his trajectory or angle to avoid hitting a player coming at him at full speed. This wasn't one of those circumstances. Harrison waited, launched
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