Fined Harrison says considering retirement

Oct. 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison said Wednesday he's considering retiring after being fined $75,000 for administering a dangerous hit.

Harrison and two other NFL defensive players were singled out by the league for discipline this week after a rash of concussions and neck injuries in Sunday's games.

Harrison, a three-time pro bowler, was cited for a helmet-on-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

"How can I continue to play this game the way that I've been taught to play this game since I was 10 years old?" Harrison told Sirius XM Radio. "And now you're telling me that everything that they've taught me from that time on, for the last 20-plus years, is not the way you're supposed to play the game anymore. If that's the case I can't play by those rules. You're handicapping me."

Steelers head Coach Mike Tomlin, however, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he expected Harrison to return to practice after being given the day off Wednesday.

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