Everytime the NFL's head office and James Harrison are mentioned in the same breath, it seems to be for something negative.
The latest discrepancy between the league and the Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker stems from a play in last week's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Late in Sunday's game, Harrison and Stephon Tuitt collaborated when sacking Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott. While Harrison appeared to get most of Prescott on the play, only Tuitt was credited with a sack.
Had Harrison been credited with a sack it would have tied Jason Gildon's team record for sacks at 77. As it stands, Harrison is only a half-sack away from the record entering Sunday's game against the Browns. Harrison has recorded two sacks in nine games this season.
After further review, the NFL and the Elias Sports Bureau upheld their decision and gave this explanation:
“We reviewed the play and are keeping it a full sack for Tuitt," Elias said on their decision, according to Steelers.com. "Tough call, but his hit appeared to have buckled the quarterback’s leg and the quarterback was facing in the other direction before the other player came in and finished him off. But don’t see any reason to over-rule official scorer, who might have been of the opinion the quarterback was going down regardless.”
Harrison isn't going to get in a war of words over the decision, and decided to take the high road in this situation.
“Hey, that’s the way they saw it,” Harrison said, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s just the way it is. You move on and go to the next week. They sent it in for review and they gave it to Tuitt. It is what it is.”
While Harrison will get only his second start of the season on Sunday and will look to not only break this Steelers' record, but help the team achieve their first win in six weeks.
Source: Steelers.com · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press