Flacco Won’t Flinch With ‘Vicious’ Harrison

James Harrison has accrued $125,000 in fines this year for illegal hits, and Flacco is a target.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 13 vs Steelers

James Harrison hits Joe Flacco during a 2008 game.

Even though James Harrison has been fined for $125,000 for illegal hits this year – with a few of them coming on opposing quarterbacks, Joe Flacco won’t back down.

Flacco knows he will be target No. 1 this Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, but he’s not rattled.

“I’m not worried about guys getting fines and hitting me illegally,” Flacco said.  “I usually don’t even notice them until I go back and watch them on film. Hopefully, if he does hit us a little bit illegally, we get the penalty for it. I don’t care if he gets fined or not.

“We want to get the penalty and have it help us out a little bit. If that happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Harrison, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year who leads the Steelers with 10 sacks, has crushed Saints signal-caller Drew Brees, Bills passer Ryan Fitzpatrick and Browns wideout Mohamed Massapuoi.  He also got a $5,000 fine for nailing Tennessee quarterback Vince Young.

Flacco has taken his share of big hits this season, starting with a violent hit by New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis on the Ravens very-first offensive snap of the season.

Ellis cracked Flacco in the chin with the top of his helmet, but Joe Cool never left the game, eventually leading the Ravens to a 10-9 victory.

With a terror like Harrison up next on the docket, Flacco harbors no ill-will towards the player he calls “vicious.”   He shrugs off the way Harrison’s hits toe the line between legal and unnecessary.

In fact, it sounds like Flacco welcomes the challenge of keeping his jersey clean.

“They’re usually pretty good football plays,” Flacco said.  “[Harrison is] a good football player. He’s a vicious football player, and that’s what this game is about. It’s about being mean and getting after people, and that’s what he does.”

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