Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined $75,000 by the NFL for a hit during Pittsburgh's victory over Cleveland on Sunday. Harrison's hit sidelined Cleveland receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and was ruled by the NFL as a helmet to helmet hit.
From NFL reports:
Harrison and Meriweather will lose the equivalent of nearly two game checks in the fines. Harrison makes $44,411.76 in base salary per game, and Meriweather receives $32,352.94. Robinson is paid $294,117.65 per week in base salary, so his fine is just one-sixth of a game check for him.
Fines are taken out of a player's base salary. Bonuses aren't touched.
Harrison sidelined two Cleveland Browns wide receivers Sunday with head injuries after jarring hits. An NFL spokesman said one of the tackles, on Joshua Cribbs, was legal. The Browns were more upset about Harrison's hit on Mohamed Massaquoi, which the league reviewed.
Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, called the $75,000 fine "staggering" and said it would be appealed. Parise also said Harrison is confused about the proper way to play football.
Before the fine was announced, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin defended both of Harrison's hits, saying they were permissible under league rules.
Ray Anderson appeared on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" after the announcement Tuesday and said the league wouldn't look at hits before Week 6 to impose fines retroactively. However, the new high price of breaking the rules should serve as a message to other heavy hitters.
"Everyone should be on on notice," Anderson said. "The line is clear."
Anderson also emphasized the league's concern for making the game safe for its players and setting an example for the youth, high school and college football teams. He said players in the modern NFL are bigger, stronger, faster than ever before, and the league must adapt.
"Time has changed, and our emphasis has changed," he said.