NFL Notes: Steelers’ Harrison feels he was targeted
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined four times this season for dangerous hits. Now, he thinks an opposing player should be disciplined for supposedly going after him.
Harrison believes Baltimore Ravens guard Chris Chester deliberately went after him while being called for a false-start penalty during an extra-point attempt last Sunday. Chester came off the line of scrimmage and drove at Harrison, an unusual blocking technique because offensive linemen generally try to remain packed to avoid potential blocked kicks.
“It was uncalled for and cheap,” Harrison said.
Steelers linebacker James Farrior said Chester’s block on Harrison was not clean.
“That was pretty dirty,” Farrior said. “I think it was definitely planned and just one of the dirty things that they did in the game. But he (Harrison) was a smart guy. He didn’t retaliate, and that’s what I think they wanted him to do to get him out of the game. But he held it down pretty good.”
Around the league
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre missed his second day of practice with a sprained SC joint in his throwing shoulder, and interim head coach Leslie Frazier said it will likely be a game-time decision on whether Favre will start against the New York Giants Sunday. … The head of the NFL’s negotiating team says it will be much easier to reach a new labor deal if it includes an 18-game regular season. NFL executive vice president of labor and chief counsel Jeff Pash also says the league is “focused on a full 2011 season” and the owners want to have an agreement with the players’ union “well before” the summer.