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Does stubbornness equal selfishness?

As James Harrison makes clear above, he isn't going to change his style despite a one-game suspension for a hit on Colt McCoy. If it takes him out of the lineup, is that selfish?

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Could Harrison change his ways?

Harrison told Jerome Bettis he can't change his style, having tried before only to limit his own effectiveness.

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The NFL's most infamous defender?

Like Tim Tebow racing up the fourth-quarter comeback charts, Ndamukong Suh is making quick work of the NFL discipline charts. But is Harrison the king of questionable play?

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A costly loss for a team trying to win?

The Steelers are tied for the AFC's best record but would be the fourth seed at the moment. Is home-field advantage more important to them than Monday's opponent?

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It wasn't pretty, and it was painful for their quarterback, but the Steelers got the win they needed against the Browns. Ben Roethlisberger returned from a high ankle sprain to make sure his team had enough points to win, but will James Harrison be leaving the lineup? Harrison delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland QB Colt McCoy, and it's not exactly his first brush with the NFL law. Should Roger Goodell suspend Harrison?


Time to sit down James Harrison?

You can see the video of Harrison's hit here and listen to NFL Network's Deion Sanders make a case that Harrison wasn't at fault.

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Your take on Harrison's value?

Harrison plays with passion and is a key cog in the Steelers' defense. But does his intensity run a little too hot for comfort?

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What about the other quarterback?

Colt McCoy wasn't the only quarterback worse for wear after Thursday's game. Ben Roethlisberger returned after a high ankle sprain.

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Madden ratings are often the most contentious topics in sports video games. Should Michael Vick have a 99 in agility? Which wide receiver gets top marks for speed? Is my team's linebacker tougher than your team's? All week long, SportsNation is ranking the players with the top marks at each position. Today, we're taking a look at the best linebackers in Madden 2012. James Harrison, DeMarcus Ware, and Patrick Willis all have 98 ratings, but are they Madden's best? Cast your vote now!

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2. Is the NFL too soft on on-field altercations?

On the same day Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan earned matching $25,000 fines but no suspensions for Sunday's fistfight, James Harrison learned he would get no relief on the nearly $100,000 he was fined for two hits where he kept his helmet on. Is the NFL too soft on fights, too tough on hits or right on all counts?

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When a player who signed for $41 million in guaranteed money earlier in the year is sitting out practices and talking about normal "wear and tear" during the first week of August, well, it's not the kind of thing that will help comparisons to Reggie White. But Albert Haynesworth returned to practice earlier this week after sitting out a few rounds of training camp, averting the kind of health-care crisis that would capture D.C.'s attention more than anything on Capitol Hill.

Aside from Clinton Portis, Haynesworth is the player SportsNation feels the Redskins could least afford to lose to serious injury, no small feat of public recognition for a guy who plays on the defensive line. But if Haynesworth is the Redskins' best defensive player, is he the league's best defensive player? He's not a pure pass-rushing force like DeMarcus Ware, or a shut-down corner like Nnamdi Asomugha, but it's tough to put a guy who closes down the middle of the line anywhere other than No. 1.

galyssa427

Haynesworth is a Beast.. I don't know if I've seen one Person make such a diffeence on the defensive side of the ball, since Reggie White.

-- galyssa427
titans_freak23

you guys paid way to much for big al watch out he's going to get injuryed right away.

-- titans_freak23

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