I was at the game on Thursday in Pittsburgh, seated approximately twenty rows from the top of the stadium. Our seats were on the opposite side of the field from where the Harrison hit on McCoy took place.
Without assistance of binoculars, the jumbotron, or slow motion replay from our living rooms, we all stood completely silent after McCoy was leveled. My friend next to me then said, “I think Colt McCoy just got killed.”
Obviously he survived without any known major injuries at this time, and thank all things good for that. But that was the way that hit felt inside the stadium, standing nowhere near the field of play.
I’ve never seen a hit like that before, and I had a hard time bemoaning the interception Colt then threw a handful of plays later as a result. I couldn’t believe the kid was even standing, let along playing.
I don’t mean to say that in an attempt to infer any type of judgement on Harrison, McCoy as a Quarterback, or the Browns coaching staff for allowing him to go back out there and play afterwards either. That was just my perspective on things from Section 517, Row X, seat number 2, for whatever little that may be worth.
Earlier today, Adam Shefter tweeted that the NFL is considering suspending Harrison for that hit on Thursday:
The NFL is considering suspending Steelers LB James Harrison one or two games for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns QB Colt McCoy.
One union source called the Browns failing to perform a sideline concussion exam on Colt McCoy a “blatant system failure”. An initial league review determined the standard SCAT2 concussion test was not administerd until Friday morning, which produced abnormal results.
The Browns medical staff said McCoy initially only complained about an injury to his left hand. Sources say the incident likely will be the catalyst to assigning an independent neurologist to each game in the future.
I’m sure there will be more on this as it develops.