Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison may not quite be done yet. There are indications that the Steelers could have big plans for him when they play the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
“Well, it’s always good to have James Harrison when you play Kansas City and let their offensive tackle see him,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ll just say that.”
The implication seems to be that the mere threat of Harrison will give Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher cause for concern.
“If not for James Harrison, the Steelers might not have made it out of Kansas City with a victory in their AFC divisional-round game in January,” Fittipaldo pointed out. “It was Harrison who drew a penalty on Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher that nullified a two-point conversion that would have tied the score with 2:43 remaining.”
What did Butler mean exactly? How much would Harrison be on the field? He wouldn’t say.
“See him,” Butler said. “I’ll leave it at that. You can imagine what might happen.”
It’s actually hard to imagine what might happen. If the Steelers follow their trend from this season, Harrison will be inactive and won’t touch the field, just like he has the last two games. Even earlier in the year, they played him on a very limited snap count. He has yet to record a single statistic.
Imagining that doesn’t seem like it would concern Fisher in the least. That suggests that Butler may have bigger plans for Harrison, at last trying to get him involved. If not, it’s a strangely empty threat.