Harrison back at Steelers practice

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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was back at practice Thursday after reportedly contemplating retirement as a result of the NFL's new rules regarding helmet-to-helmet hits.

Harrison was fined $75,000 after he knocked out Browns receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Joshua Cribbs with vicious hits this past Sunday. Both players sustained a concussion as a result, and a league-wide memo was sent by the NFL on Wednesday stressing increased discipline, including suspensions, for helmet-to-helmet hits on defenceless receivers.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Harrison was considering hanging up his cleats because the revised rules handicap his playing style. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met with the seven-year veteran prior to practice on Wednesday and excused him from the session to give him '"time to cool off."

Harrison has 40 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles in five games this year.

The Steelers have a road game against Miami on Sunday.


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