Keith Butler Says James Harrison Will Play Vs Chiefs

James Harrison has been inactive the last two weeks. But it sounds like that time on the sidelines is coming to a close. Speaking with reporters today, Keith Butler said Harrison will play this week.

Via the PPG’s Ray Fittipaldo.

Harrison has played just seven defensive snaps this season. He’s joked about not playing on social media over the past couple weeks. In his place, the Steelers have rolled with a heavy dose of Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt. Anthony Chickillo has been the top backup at either spot while Arthur Moats has gotten the last hat due to his special teams value.

As Fittipaldo indicates, Butler didn’t go into detail as to what capacity Harrison will play. It’s still unlikely that he starts but could get rotated with Watt on the right side. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Harrison, 39, has 81.5 career sacks and is the Steelers’ all-time leader in that category.

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  • Ichabod

    Sure would like to see him knock some KC butt on the ground

  • T R

    Thanks. Deebo gots to help in this run defense.. you just watch Alex.. and sack Alex at least 2 times


    I’m not surprised…I think they had sort of pitch count, if you will, for him all along. I expected him to get more than 7 snaps starting out, but week 6 basically makes Deebo’s season 11 weeks and a bye.

    Hopefully he’s a fresh bull this week.

  • Bradys_Dad

    No one on the roster at LB position sets the edge better than JH. With the way underwhelming teams like the Bears and Jags ran wild on us it’s about time!

  • Charles Mullins

    Called it.

  • dany

    I may be mistaken, but in 4 games against Eric Fisher he’s made him look silly. If they’re down early, he can surely help slow down that offense

  • Charles Mullins

    Yup. His best game each year for the last 2 years has been the Chiefs.

  • NW86

    I have no problem with James dressing, but what is with them suddenly started to proclaim who will dress early in the week? They did it with Hunter, now James. Mike usually likes to play those things very close to the vest.

    Does this mean Moats doesn’t dress, or someone else?

  • PghDSF

    With Gilbert coming back, they can sit Feiler now. I’m still wondering about when they actually play him. Watt has still played well.

  • Charles Mullins

    we have been getting ran all over in the fourth. They need to rotate. Watt will most likely hit a wall soon if they press him to hard as well.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If Harrison does nothing but draw holding calls in Arrowhead, I will take that ALL DAY.

  • NickSteelerFan

    Love it!!! Deebo always eats Eric Fisher’s lunch! Let him loose on him 10-15 times this game and good things will happen

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    One more thing KC has to try to prepare for.

  • Big Joe

    That either means Grimble, Moats, or another WR is going to be deactivated. Don’t see anyone else in the secondary being inactive. This all depends on who may or may not have been injured this week in practice. Wonder if this has something to do with his ability to set the edge against run game to that side of the field. Several of the gaping holes have come to that side of the line too.

  • Rick McClelland

    Finally. Deebo will definitely BRING it,

  • Woodsworld

    That’s exactly the problem. They need to stop playing so much 2-5 as well.

  • Woodsworld

    Watt has to prove he can set the edge, but it might take him a while, as Villenueva was eating his lunch in trading camp.

  • Dr. Watts

    James Harrison at ROLB and rotate T.J. and Vince at MLB

  • Charles Mullins

    And AV hasn’t looked the best this year. I am hoping the whole crew puts it together. I don’t doubt them. They are in great shape record wise for playing horrible.

  • Steelerfan4lifeinAZ

    Harrison will be a ” raging” maniac… Excited to see him out there…

  • PA2AK_

    Over-under he pees in a cup Monday?

  • The Truth

    Don’t be so sure. Harrison hasn’t really received a chance to play since last year.

  • The Truth

    No OLB on the roster rushes the passer better than Harrison either. Benching Harrison caused problem last year also. It’s such a brilliant move to place the team’s best OLB on the bench the entire season.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Over. When Harrison retires he will still get randomly drug tested.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Alex Smith has also been sacked 17 times so that is a plus as well.

  • falconsaftey43

    Their run defense problems have been in their base 3-4. Not their 2-4-5 nickle.

    Also the problem has not really been the OLBs. ILBs and DBs mostly to blame.

  • gdeuce

    they better not just drop him into coverage on half his snaps

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Bout damn time.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Except Deebo is often held with nary a yellow flag.

  • Orlysteel

    Steeler legend, been wanting to see him play hopefully he’ll do some damage.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Why was it necessary for Butler to tell the Chiefs about his plans? Everyone keep your mouth shout and let your play and or play calling do the talking. Come on man.

    Go Steelers

  • Monchichi

  • pittfan

    GReat News!! You want Debo involved in the game growling on the sidelines.

  • Matthew Marczi

    It’s dadgum ticking me off. – Keith Butler (rough approximation)

  • Matthew Marczi

    It’s about reporters asking questions. They’re not just announcing these things, they’re giving answers to queries. Thursday is the day coordinators get interviewed.

  • Matthew Marczi

    All he announced (in response to a question) was that a backup outside linebacker is going to dress. That’s not really a ‘plan’, and is not going to change out the Chiefs prepare. Harrison isn’t a secret weapon or something.

  • Nathanael Dory

    About time

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Hell of a scud missile tho!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yes! Yes! Monchichi!

  • Darth Blount 47


  • Jaybird

    I hope that if Harrison does get playing time that he somehow takes snaps from Dupree and not Watt. I’m starting to get down on Dupree and his run defense.

  • PA2AK_

    Why hasn’t he been dressing? I hope he can contribute and continue to prove me wrong. I still have a problem with taking TJ out unless to be spelled. I honestly don’t mind the olb play this far. Sure they have warts, but it’s early and they aren’t the reason for the 2 losses IMO.

  • Dr. Watts

    I was pretty vague there, what I meant was T.J. was going to start but I would like to see some plays with T.J. at MLB and James at ROLB

  • MC

    it seems like a frequent occurrence that the coaching staff go with something that they want (to the dismay of a lot of fans) and then it takes a few weeks of it not working for them to admit their mistake and make changes.

  • Jeff Burton

    Well, it’s about stinking time. The Steelers D gets an instant attitude whenever Deebo takes the field and it stays with them even when he’s been taken off. They’ve got him for this year and one more. PLAY the the guy!

  • Jeff Burton

    Love it!

  • pcantidote

    Long snapper?

  • Shane Mitchell

    I would start James Harrison at ROLB, Will Gay at RCB and JJ Wilcox at SS

  • Rocksolid20


  • Reggie Cunningham

    I believe that’s the reason why they saved Deebo. You might see Tj. on the left and James on the right in Kansas

  • Rusted Out

    Way up in da trees?

  • Rusted Out

    100% accurate. Completely asinine to believe that Anthony Chickilo was the better player due to his 2 sacks against the Browns. The moment Chick could not hold the edge against the Bears, the Silverback should’ve been in there. They were trying to will Chick to be a better player than he is. Probably a step better than last year, but yinz better ghet atta tahwn if yinz thought for one moment that Harrison would not have been a game changer against the run. Instead this lethargic, non-adjustment makin coaching staff makes an ill conceived plan and sticks with it (all game long, and sometimes for weeks).

    I agree with you about Watt and Dupree being the future at those positions, but when Watt was out, and Harrison didn’t dress, then getting gashed up that right side of the defense hurt that much more. Dupree looked about as bad as I have seen him play last week. He was way out of position, and biting inside while having edge contain duties is inexcusable for him at this point, but it was one game. Dupree was the player we had all been waiting for when he came off of injury last year and had a strong playoff showing. They are still playing that clip of him leveling Matt Moore.

    Give Dupree the benefit of the doubt.

  • Rusted Out

    Yea, I actually believed Vince would be a solid starter over an aging, declining Lawdog. Man was I wrong. I’m not 100% opposed to Matakevich starting there. I think he’d atleast make a play once in a while. Vince looks poor out there to me.

  • will

    Finally…… Butts must have had a revelation!!

  • will

    They are keeping the Moats status close to the vest.

  • will

    Bud out…..TJ rotates to the LOLB spot. IMO

  • RevDrEBuzz

    Sit Bud, let him go outside and smoke some. He’s a stack jumper like Gildon was.

  • john bennett

    James, we need some of that magic you have provided over the years. Please have the game of your life in KC and make DP of the week while waking the rest of the team from the funk they have been in for the first 5 games. Set the bar, and set it high.

  • Taylor Williams

    Ugh!!!! I hate when they do that, especially against the pats. Silverback needs to rush 100% of his snaps

  • francesco

    Bench Dupree please!!

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Ya know.. I seriously try hard to stay even about this team and not overreact or make grand statements..
    (Read: set up to do just that)

    How this coaching staff can keep Deebo benched while they get gutted against the run – the best run defender on D – makes them look like a bunch of jagaloons.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Of course, expecting Deebo to come in cold and perform is also asking a lot. He’s had what… 7 snaps on the year and sitting cold most of the time. Smh – at least from the outside, this looks silly

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    games like these is when we’ll see how much Timmons probably will have made an impact to go along with deebo

  • melblount

    Well, it’s good to see DC Butler has at least partially awoken from his season-long slumber.

    That said, with each passing day and weekly game, err, debacle, it becomes increasingly clearer that the 2017 Steelers is a proverbial sinking ship with little-to-no chance of making a deep playoff run.

    (Some may say, “What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game!”)

    Maybe next season they will have the sense to NOT talk about the Super Bowl BEFORE they even start practicing in pads.

  • Darth Blount 47

    No longer standing on the sidelines, just sucking his thumb.

  • Jeff Burton

    He seems to think his job is getting after the QB more than containing the run. Every time he does it he leaves a gap in the run defense and players just move on through.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I think grimble should play more also

  • Rusted Out

    Are we still talking about the cartoon from the 80’s? The Munchichi’s? I’m happily lost. lol

  • Rusted Out

    I think your letting his sacks overshadow how often he is not involved in a run play. No excuse being the buck LB and not being involved in more run stops. Either way, I was very wrong about Vince. I truly believed he would not be a step down from Timmons (even in his advanced age), but he truly is.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yeah, the doll they came out with that everyone had, was a thumb-sucking monkey. Lol.

  • Rusted Out

    Oh that’s right…