Harrison returned to the team after being given a day off by coach Mike Tomlin, then responded with what he called one of his worst games that week against Miami.
"It was just for him to hear my side of things and for them to help me understand exactly what the rules are as far as helmet-to-helmet contact," Harrison said Wednesday. "So I spoke my mind. They said what they had to say. We had a semi-productive meeting, I guess. ... I came away with a better understanding, and I think they got a better understanding of how I see things."
"It may have been a little late," Harrison said. "So I can understand and see if I was fined for that."
Harrison's major complaint concerns when a defensive player tries to avoid dangerous contact but an offensive player inadvertently instigates it by ducking his head. Harrison insists that occurred on the Massaquoi hit, one of two by Harrison that caused concussions to Browns receivers.
"That's what I have an issue with, there being consequences and repercussions for something that I can no longer control," Harrison said. "The response was that I'm a defensive player and I'm responsible for whatever happens when I make contact with an offensive player."
Polamalu, the five-time Pro Bowl safety, is even more critical of the NFL's policy than is Harrison. Polamalu contends Goodell has too much control and that players and team executives should have a say in deciding fines.
"He's got all the power, and that may be part of the problem. There needs to be some type of separation of power, like our government," Polamalu said Wednesday. "I don't think it should be based totally on what two or three people may say that are totally away from the game. It should be some of the players that are currently playing."
Since the NFL announced its stricter policy, Polamalu said, "There is definitely a paranoia that is unneeded. Just because we had a few weekends ago, I think somebody said, five (suspect) hits out of 1,000. Yeah, I think there is too much paranoia."
"If people want to watch soccer, they can watch soccer. The people who are attracted to this game, they're going to see the big hits -- they don't care about touchdowns," Polamalu said. "So you're also taking apart what attracts people to this game."
Polamalu said having his own meeting with Goodell probably wouldn't solve anything.
"Sometimes I think it just falls on deaf ears," Polamalu said. "I think a lot of players have said a lot of things that I guarantee you he heard. ... I don't think there's any confusion. I just think the problem is they're wrong."
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