Steeler's hit fines hit $100,000

PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker James Harrison's hard hits on the field keep getting matched by the NFL's hits to his paycheck.

Harrison was fined $20,000 on Thursday for a late hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the third time he has been fined this season for a dangerous tackle.

The penalties total $100,000, including a $75,000 fine for his Oct. 17 helmet hit that left Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi with a concussion.

"The amount of money is becoming an issue," Harrison said. "The fines that they issued to me, two of them weren't even called penalties. I don't even know what to say anymore."

The $75,000 fine was issued two weeks ago, when the NFL adopted its tougher stance on hits to the head and neck.

The league told Harrison he put his face mask into Brees' back Sunday after the QB delivered a pass, causing Harrison to draw a roughing-the-passer flag.

Harrison anticipated being fined, but he was surprised at the amount.

More on fines: Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims called his $50,000 fine by the league "outrageous" and said he plans to appeal. The former FSU standout was docked for a hit on Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins. According to a league statement, Sims was guilty of "unnecessarily striking a defenseless receiver in the neck and head area with his forearms." … The league fined Jaguars safety Don Carey $12,500 for an illegal hit on Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Titans see Moss as key: The Titans are confident that acquiring receiver Randy Moss will translate into wins, maybe even becoming the piece that could deliver owner Bud Adams and coach Jeff Fisher their first Super Bowl title. "This is a great opportunity for him," Fisher said of the receiver who was waived by the Vikings. After talking to Moss himself, Fisher said the receiver is excited to come to Tennessee. "We think that he can help us, and I'm looking forward to seeing him run under those deep balls."

Bills: Coach Chan Gailey said newly acquired linebacker Shawne Merriman won't play this week and is tentatively scheduled to report today.

cardinals: Running back Beanie Wells was limited in practice after having an allergic reaction to a medication injected into his knee.

Jets: Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff says punter Steve Weatherford made "an aggressive error" when he ran a failed fake against the Packers without getting it approved. Westhoff said those calls need to be made by him, and Weatherford said he will wait for a "verbal okay."

Raiders: Coach Tom Cable says quarterback Jason Campbell will make his fourth straight start because Bruce Gradkowski is still not fully recovered from a separated right shoulder.

Saints: Running back Reggie Bush practiced on a limited basis, raising his prospects for getting in the lineup for the first time since breaking a bone in his lower right leg in the second game of the season.

Seahawks: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (concussion) has not been cleared to play, so Charlie Whitehurst will make the first start of his career.

Steeler's hit fines hit $100,000 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:48pm]

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