Pittsburgh Steelers pass rusher James Harrison wasn’t at practice on Friday. According to the team’s injury report, he was out with an illness.
Will he be ready for the Christmas Day game against the Houston Texans? It’s hard to know. He wasn’t listed as out on Thursday’s injury report, so this is brand new. Having the extra day off will help him though, giving him just a little more time to recover.
Will it matter? Probably not. Harrison has played in one game all season, despite being healthy and at practice. In that game, he had three tackles and a sack. That was a pretty good showing in a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Steelers have made it clear they’re not going to give him much more.
In fact, he’s so fed up with it that he wishes he wasn’t on the team at all.
“James Harrison told me today if he had known he wasn’t going to play much [inactive for 6 games, DNP for two more], he would not have signed with the Steelers this season,” wrote NBC’s Michele Tafoya. “Would he have played somewhere else? ‘Oh, yeah,’ he said. ‘Who wants to NOT play?’”
The big question is whether or not they’ll use him in the playoffs. He should be fresh, which could help him play well even at 39 years old. He showed he has something left against the Chiefs. But the Steelers haven’t seen any reason to use him yet, so it’s unclear if they ever will.