James Harrison, the second dirtiest player in the NFL according to a poll that included 100 active players, claims that Chris Chester of the Ravens put a “cheap” shot on him during the Ravens first extra point during last Sunday’s Ravens-Steelers game. The play resulted in a five yard false start penalty and a brief scuffle between the Ravens and Steelers. “Yeah it’s cheap, but when it comes down to it, it’s only a 5-yard penalty, they move back to the 7 and re-kick. It’s not going to hurt them,” Harrison said in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Harrison, in all his infinite wisdom, claimed the play was not an accident. “There’s no way that happens on an extra point because [offensive linemen] don’t shoot out. It’s obvious it was blatant. It was on purpose.”
I guess it takes a dirty player to know a dirty player, but Aaron Wilson, who covers the Ravens 365 days a year said that Chester does not seem like the type of player to play dirty.
One point on Chris Chester: Doesn’t have a reputation for dirty play. Just saying.
The Steelers have protested the play to the league office, but I don’t know how much good that will do considering the fact that NFL is targeting the Steelers (that was sarcasm, although Mike Tomlin and Art Rooney believe it).
Brett Keisel, who was on the Steelers defense during the play also buys into the conspiracy. “I think it was a designed play,” he said. “He just took off and kept driving him. I do think it was intentional.”
A designed play? So now the Steelers think that the Ravens are designing dirty plays against them? I suppose an extra point would be an ideal time to unleash a secret dirty play, code name Operation: dirty hit on Harrison.
Did Chester jump a little too far? Probably. But was it “blatant” and “designed”. I tend to think not. Aaron Wilson knows these guys better than anyone that covers the team and it’s ridiculous that James Harrison calls anyone out for a dirty play. And why all the whining after a win?
Do you think Chester’s play was dirty or part of the ongoing Pittsburgh conspiracy theory? (cue the dramatic music)