It's not often that James Harrison will take sides with anyone but his teammates, but on this occasion he is saying what he believes to be true.
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a potential suspension for a hit to Antonio Brown in Saturday's Wild Card Game. Brown was hit while trying to make a play down the middle, and was deemed a defenseless receiver o the play.
Burfict was flagged 15 yards for the hit late in the Bengals meltdown and now the Steelers receiver is going through the concussion protocol.
Steelers linebacker James Harrison is no stranger to being fined for high huts, and in a surprising stance, actually defended Burfict's hit on Brown.
"By rule as they told me when I went down to New York that is a penalty. Personally, I don't think it is because I don't think you can get out of the way fast enough," Harrison said on NFL Network following the game, via FOX Sports.
Harrison did say that Bufict can be "a little bit out of control" on the field, but it is "calculated."
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis also attempted to defend the hit, apparently comparing it to other hits he saw on Saturday night. He didn't know if Burfict's hit on Brown should have been a penalty.
"He's trying to go over and defend the play," Lewis said. "They deemed that to be a hit to the head and others not today."
"Had a lot of things not break our way there at the end."
Harrison's comments are a bit of a shock, as nearly everyone who watches football would agree the hit was late and dirty. However, this doesn't mean he doesn't support his teammate.
He just knows what it's like to be on the other side of a controversial hit.
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