Despite Fines, Flags, Steelers Say Hits Won't Stop

November 22, 2010 - 4:08 PM

Bryant McFadden, Bruce Gradowski

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden (20) sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradowski (5) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. The Steelers won 35-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh (AP) - James Harrison and the Pittsburgh Steelers thrive on physicality in a league that is forcefully penalizing, fining and rebuking players who cross an imaginary line that appears to get redefined from week to week.

The Steelers and their three-time Pro Bowl linebacker admittedly are confused about how to play in this new, no-dangerous-hits-allowed NFL.

The Steelers never have been penalized more than they were during their 35-3 rout of the Raiders on Sunday - 163 yards' worth of flags that once fluttered on four consecutive plays. Nine more penalty yards than in any game in their 77-year history. Six penalties alone for personal fouls.

So how do they change their game to more closely abide by the tougher rules and avoid big fines? Harrison and the Steelers say they won't.