It was almost starting to feel like Pittsburgh Steelers fans may not get to see James Harrison suit up again this season. But fortunately, that won’t be the case, as Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Harrison has confirmed he will dress in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
His role against the Chiefs, though? That remains the real question.
Harrison has been inactive for each of the past two games, but as Fittipaldo points out, he’s also had the Chiefs number over the past few meetings. He points to the fact that Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher has struggled against the Steelers veteran, who drew a penalty on Fisher during a crucial two-point conversion in last year’s AFC divisional-round game.
Before that, Harrison racked up seven tackles and a sack against Fisher back in 2014 during a 20-12 Steelers victory. All of this led to defensive coordinator Keith Butler hinting that the Chiefs may see Harrison active this weekend.
“Well, it’s always good to have James Harrison when you play Kansas City and let their offensive tackle see him,” Butler said. “I’ll just say that.”
The 39-year-old Harrison has had an exceptional career, playing in 186 games, all but 15 of which came with the Steelers. Over that span, he’s racked up 785 combined tackles, 81.5 sacks and 33 forced fumbles. Now, the Chiefs should probably gear up to see if he can wreak havoc on their line at least one more time.
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