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92 James Harrison OLB
Height/Weight: 6-0/242 | Birthdate: 5/4/1978 | Birthplace: Akron, OH, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Kent State | NFL Experience: 13 | Owned/Started%: 4/0
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Steelers LB James Harrison ready to produce in limited role


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Steelers linebacker James Harrison came out of retirement last year and played surprisingly well, and this year, he'll be part of a young linebacker corps eager to prove itself. Harrison will step into a reduced role, but he's still ready to make an impact, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Harrison had 5 1/2 sacks last season and at 37, he isn't getting younger, so the Steelers are planning to keep him limited to 15-20 plays per game. But don't expect Harrison to ease into retirement. 

"Nobody wants to be in a backup role," Harrison said. "If that's your mentality, then you're not in the right sport. Everybody wants to start, but we all have roles to play. I think I can play more than 25 snaps a game when I'm 50."


Steelers' James Harrison on retirement: 'You can't play forever'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) With Steelers linebacker James Harrison about to enter his 13th NFL season, Harrison knows his time in the league may be ending soon, reports the team's official website.

"It's a young man's game," he said. "You can't play it forever. You have to be grateful for the time that you get and move on from there."

Harrison briefly retired after the 2013 season before returning to play in 2014. He said he has come to realize that change is a constant in the NFL.

"Each year is a new era because you have a new set of guys," Harrison said. "No defense comes in with the same group of guys year in and year out from every position. I think each year is a new group, new era."


Steelers linebacker James Harrison to see less snaps in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Steelers veteran linebacker James Harrison is expected to see less snaps in 2015, according to linebackers coach Joey Porter per the Pittsburgh Tribune.

"He knows where he is," Porter said shortly after the Steelers drafted Miami (Fla.) outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo on the final day of the NFL Draft. "I told him already, the James Harrison (of before) is over.

"He's going to play his role, and his role is going to be effective. He knows what we're asking out of him, and he's going to be ready to answer the bell."

Porter said he expects Harrison to play roughly 25 snaps per game next season. Pittsburgh took another outside linebacker in Bud Dupree from Kentucky in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.

"You can never have enough pass rushers in the way the game is being played now from the outside linebacker position," Porter said. "We just made our outside linebacker tree a little deeper."


Steelers' pick Bud Dupree plans to learn from James Harrison


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Steelers first-round draft pick Bud Dupree told the media that he can be an every-down player for the Steelers' defense. 

"It’s a great defense already," he said, per Steelers.com. "For Coach Tomlin to believe I can help improve it even more is a blessing for me. I like the aggressive style they play and the way they use the linebackers is great." 

Dupree is also excited to share the field with James Harrison. "I can learn a lot from him," he said. "He has been around the game a while, he is a Pro Bowler, he can teach me. I have to make sure my eyes are big and my ears are open."


Steelers' Jarvis Jones, James Harrison in 'open competition' for ROLB job


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert wants to see the starting right outside linebacker earn the job this fall, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

With veteran James Harrison re-signing with the team, he and second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones will be in an "open competition" for the job.

Jones was hampered by injuries in his rookie season, limiting him to just seven games, totaling 18 tackles and two sacks. Harrison signed with Pittsburgh midway through 2014, totaling 45 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks in 11 games.


Steelers sign James Harrison


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Linebacker James Harrison signed a two-year contract with the Steelers, the team announced on Sunday.

Harrison has spent 11 of his 12 years in the NFL with the Steelers. He returned to the team last season, after spending 2013 with the Bengals, and had 5.5 sacks in 11 games. 

Harrison won two Super Bowls and the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year Award as a Steeler. He chose the Steelers over an offer from the Titans. 


LB James Harrison deciding between Steelers and Titans


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Linebacker James Harrison plans on playing in the NFL in 2015, but he is still deciding which team he'd like to play for this upcoming season.

Harrison took to Instagram to explain the situation of choosing between the Steelers and Titans.

“The opinions of my support team are split, but for me, my love for the man who both started, and made my career what it is, is undeniable,” Harrison wrote in Instragram. “There are no words that I can find that would do justice for everything Dick LeBeau has done for me & my career and nothing can compare to that! I also have a great amount of love for Steelers Nation & the Steelers organization. I'm going to pray on this and let God guide me in the right direction.”

LeBeau, former defensive coordinator of the Steelers, has joined the Titans as the team's assistant head coach/defense. 

Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler, has recorded 692 total tackles, 71.5 sacks, 19 passes defensed, six interceptions and 29 forced fumbles over his 11-year career.


Steelers linebacker James Harrison wants to play another season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Steelers veteran linebacker James Harrison wants to play another season in the league, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Harrison, who was brought out of retirement in 2014 after the Steelers lost many linebackers to injuries, played 11 games and totaled 29 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks for Pittsburgh.

However, his agent said it's not up to Harrison if he plays in Pittsburgh in 2015, it's up to the Steelers.


Steelers' Troy Polamalu doubtful to play Sunday vs. Chiefs


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Steelers released their final injury report for Week 16’s game against the Chiefs and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) is listed as doubtful.

Cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) is also listed as doubtful. Tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) is the only player listed as questionable.

The following players are listed as probable: William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, James Harrison, Steve McLendon, Heath Miller, Mike Mitchell, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton.

The Steelers are 3-point favorites.


Trio of injured Steelers inactive for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Steelers for their Week 15 game against the Falcons. They are cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder), linebacker James Harrison (knee) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).

The healthy scratches are quarterback Landry Jones, wideout Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers and running back Dri Archer.


Steelers list Ike Taylor as doubtful, James Harrison questionable


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Steelers have listed corner back Ike Taylor as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Taylor, who left last week's game against the Bengals with a forearm injury, was unable to practice most of the week. 

Linebacker James Harrison , who missed last week's game with a knee injury, is questionable. 

The following players are probable for Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger, William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, Cameron Heyward, Heath Miller and Maurkice Pouncey.


Steelers plan to monitor injuries to Harrison, Taylor, Gilbert


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Tuesday the team will monitor how James Harrison (knee), Ike Taylor (forearm) and Marcus Gilbert (ankle) react to their aliments in practice this week before determining their playing status.

Of the three, only Taylor was able to play during Week 14’s victory over the Bengals. The Steelers play at Atlanta Sunday.


Polamalu, Taylor, Shazier among Steelers' probables for Week 14


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) was unable to practice and received the thumbs-down for Week 14 against Cincinnati. Gilbert was the only player on Pittsburgh's final injury report ruled out for Sunday. Linebacker James Harrison (knee) also missed practice all week and is unlikely to play. He was ruled as doubtful.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) was the only player on the report designated as questionable, while cornerback Cortez Allen (thumb), cornerback Brice McCain (hamstring), tight end Heath Miller (rest), safety Troy Polamalu (illness), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (rest), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) were deemed probable.


Steelers LB James Harrison defends embattled coordinator


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Recently returned Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a message for those who claim that NFL offenses have passed defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau by: "Bull."

The Steelers have struggled defensively all season and some believe the current unit is soft. Harrison, however, strongly disagrees.

"A lot of people are saying he's old," Harrison told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That's bull. The defense works. Players have to play the defense. Period. It's on the players.

"Let's be plain and honest: let's cut out all the bull -- it's about you dominating your man, period. That's all there is to it."

The Steelers are yielding 23.2 points per game, which ranks 19th in the NFL. But they have given up 26 points or more in four of their six games.


Two out, but Steelers otherwise healthy heading into Week 5


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) As expected, the Steelers have ruled out cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) for their Sunday game in Jacksonville.

The other players on their injury report submitted Friday are probable. They are wide receivers Martavis Bryant (illness) and Markus Wheaton (groin), linebacker James Harrison (illness), guard Ramon Foster (ankle) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).


Steelers LB James Harrison back at practice Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Steelers linebacker James Harrison returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session due to an illness, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Harrison played 27 snaps and did not record a tackle in his first game back out of retirement in Week 4 against Tampa Bay.

The Steelers will travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars in Week 5.


James Harrison not expected to exceed 10-15 snaps Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Steelers are anticipating just-signed veteran linebacker James Harrison receiving no more than 10-15 snaps in the Sunday game against Tampa Bay, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Harrison has admitted to being about 10 pounds overweight and added that he believes it will take him more than a few weeks to round into playing shape. Arthur Moats is set to start at right outside linebacker in Week 4.


Steelers reunite with James Harrison


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/23/2014) The Steelers made it official, signing linebacker James Harrison less than three weeks after he announced his retirement, reports the National Football Post. Harrison, 36, made five Pro Bowls with the Steelers, then played one season with the Bengals.

James Harrison expected to sign with Steelers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/22/2014) Free agent linebacker James Harrison will meet with Steelers' coaches Tuesday and is expected to re-sign with the team, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Harrison, 36, spent his first nine seasons with the Steelers.

James Harrison announces retirement


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison has called it a career. He made that announcement on his Facebook page.

Harrison had been scheduled to take a physical with the Cardinals on Friday. He was coming off a poor year in Cincinnati in which he managed just two sacks in 15 games.

"I have made a difficult decision to retire as of today," Harrison wrote. "My love for family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game."

Harrison went on to thank the Steelers and Bengals organization for whom he played.


James Harrison scheduled for Cardinals physical Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Free agent linebacker James Harrison is scheduled to take a physical for the Cardinals Friday, the Arizona Republic reports.

While it appears the sides are working towards a deal, it "isn't a foregone conclusion" Harrison signs with Arizona. He visited the Cardinals Wednesday.


James Harrison visiting Cardinals


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/27/2014) Linebacker James Harrison will visit the Cardinals on Wednesday, reports NFL.com. The five-time Pro Bowler had two sacks over 10 starts with the Bengals last year.

Steelers keeping options open with James Harrison


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/23/2014) Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he won't close the door on the team possibly re-signing outside linebacker James Harrison, "a guy who was a huge part of our success," reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Harrison, 35, spent last season with the Bengals after playing his first 11 years with Pittsburgh.


Steelers interested in James Harrison reunion


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/19/2014) The Steelers and outside linebacker James Harrison have a "mutual attraction" and it's "quite possible" he returns to Pittsburgh for one more season, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Steelers are thin at outside linebacker and it makes sense to bring back Harrison at the veteran's minimum.

Harrison, 35, mustered two sacks for the Bengals last year.


James Harrison wants back with Steelers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/18/2014) Outside linebacker James Harrison, who had a disappointing season with the Bengals, told NFL Network he'd love to return to the Steelers. "Everybody knows that," he said.

Harrison was released by Cincinnati after posting two sacks in 15 games. He spent his first 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, making five Pro Bowls.