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Will Duane Brown Of Texans Be Fined For Helmet-To-Helmet Hit On James Harrison?

The big story in Steeler Country Tuesday is the unfortunate news that James Harrison might be out as many as six weeks after fracturing bones near his eye during the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans this past Sunday. Harrison will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair the fractures, and as we mentioned previously, Ed Bouchette believes that Harrison could take somewhere between a month and six weeks before returning.

So what happened to Harrison? Well, the injury occurred in the open field when Duane Brown of the Texans led with the crown of his helmet to block Harrison. Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain broke down the play with pictures to show how Brown is deserving of a fine. It’s a violent, physical game, and I have no doubt that Brown had no malicious intentions. But based on all the other fines levied against defensive players, including, ahem, Mr. Harrison himself, one would expect that Brown to be out a chunk of change later in the week.

You can also watch a video of the play to get a sense of how the unfortunate injury came about.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.