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Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

James Harrison returned to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since serving a one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy.

Harrison was unapologetic for the hit that forced him to miss Monday night's loss to San Francisco, cost him a $73,529 game check and brought a week away from his teammates. Harrison returned to the facility for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.

"It happened, oh well," Harrison said following practice Wednesday. "Deal with it. Move on. When it came down to it, my helmet hit his. Oh, well."

Harrison was more concerned that McCoy was allowed back in the game after what was later diagnosed as a concussion. McCoy sat out the following week's game against the Cardinals.

"If he was hurt so bad, I don't know why they let him back in, what, two plays later?" Harrison said. "Something should be done to them, I think. I got a game. What should they get?"

The NFLPA investigated the Browns for allowing McCoy back into the game, which led to the league putting a certified trainer in the press box to help monitor head injuries.

Harrison was the first player suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit since the league office and commissioner Roger Goodell enhanced their emphasis on player safety.

Despite reports during his suspension that he doesn't plan to change the way he plays, Harrison said that he has already changed.

"I am doing everything they asked me to," Harrison said.

Harrison hadn't been fined for a hit on the quarterback in more than a year before last week. Still, it was his fifth illegal hit against a quarterback in the past three seasons.

Harrison said he isn't worried that he will be suspended for any hit in the future.

"Nope, not worried about anything," Harrison said. "Can't see the future. I am not a fortune teller. I will deal with it as it comes."

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