Steelers' Harrison fined $25K
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $25,000 by the NFL on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The fine, stemming from a roughing-the-passer penalty on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday, brings the three-time Pro Bowl selection's total to $125,000 this season.
Tuesday’s fine marks the fourth time Harrison has been penalized for a hit this season. He was more recently fined $20,000 for a hit on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Oct. 31.
"The hit on Drew Brees was not to the head and he didn't bury him or anything," said Harrison’s agent Bill Parise after his client was fined. "I don't think (NFL officials) know what they're doing and everyone's paying the price for it."
The 2008 Defensive Player of the Year threatened to retire after he was fined $75,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in a game on October 17.
Harrison, 32, was previously fined $5,000 for a hit to Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young during a game in Sept. — the same week the league honored Harrison by naming him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.