James Harrison Back From Back Injury This Week?

While it’s hard to know for sure being as the team isn’t required to report it just yet, it appears as though Pittsburgh Steelers veteran outside linebacker James Harrison might return to practicing fully this week, judging only by a photo he posted on his Instagram account Sunday afternoon.

“Enough smiling, I’m back!, Harrison posted as a caption to a seeming recent picture of him in his practice attire.

Enough smiling, I’m back!

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Harrison, who last played a defensive snap in the Steelers Week 7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, was inactive for the team’s last two games against the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans supposedly because of a back injury. Prior to those two games, Harrison dressed for the team’s Week 8 game against the Detroit Lions but did not play a single snap in that contest.

During the last several weeks, Harrison has continued posting videos of himself lifting weights even though he’s been listed as having a back injury. He hasn’t, however, practiced fully since prior to the Steelers Week 8 game against the Lions.

Assuming Harrison does practice fully this week, it will then be interesting to see if he ultimately dresses for the Steelers Sunday night home game against the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers figure to have a fairly clean injury report ahead of that game and if that’s ultimately the case, the outside linebacker still might wind up being one of the team’s seven inactive players for that contest.

In total, Harrison has played 29 defensive snaps so far this season with 15 of those coming in the Steelers Week 6 road win against the Kansas City Chiefs. For the season, the 39-year-old outside linebacker has just three total tackles and a sack.

  • srdan

    More than back injury, I think they give him like a 3-5 game in-season “preseason”. I think in the next few weeks you’ll see him start to be integrated.

    If we got any production out of our outside guys in the pass rush, this defense would be dominant. And we have the weapon on the bench to do that. We are 8-2 without it.

    BTW, cam hayward has to make the pro bowl this year. He is going to have double digit sacks. Hard to ignore him anymore.

  • Ray Istenes

    Depends. If the team is fairly heathy he could still be inactive. He does not play special teams and Moats/Chick do. That said if we can get a substantial lead early in the 4th qtr he can be used. Even then I doubt he sees more than 10-15 snaps in a game.

    Which is a good thing since it shows our depth.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Does anyone else think this is the end for Harrison after this year?

  • Sam Clonch

    The real kicker though is that James doesn’t play STs, and all the backup OLBs do. So who is inactive? Assuming everyone is healthy (big assumption given the amount of games still), and looking at the week 10 inactive list (when everyone but James WAS healthy), my guess is Grimble would have to be a healthy scratch. Very little on offense, no STs.

  • Sam Clonch

    Was just kicking it around, I could see them sitting Grimble in favor of James. X doesn’t play special teams either, and doesn’t give much to the offense.

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  • Greg Payne

    Here’s a question – Who has retired from the Steelers TWICE? Will this be another Deebo record? I know I’m a bit early here, but just wondering.

  • Ace

    Get him back in and have him split reps with Bud, if only he could play on that side.

  • pittfan

    I seriously want to see Deebo out on the field come playoff time. He has been in more wars than anyone on the team but Ben. Experience counts in crunch time!!

  • Rocksolid20

    of course , Dedo is not coming back next year to be
    made inactive .

  • treeher

    He wouldn’t have come back this year if he had known how little playing time he’d have.

  • Conserv_58

    The harsher the weather gets the more we’ll see Deebo.

  • Conserv_58

    According to Joey Porter, Deebo will see more playing time as the weather grows worse. Teams don’t throw the ball as much in cold weather so the need for a pass covering OLB isn’t as great. With the bad weather comes opportunities for Deebo to make his presence felt as a pass rusher and run stopper.

  • Conserv_58

    Without question.

  • DoctorNoah

    Can he play RT?

  • Matt Manzo

    I’d like to see that!

  • Sam Clonch

    Don’t deny that he’ll be useful, but he isn’t going to be the starter, and it’s hard finding a hat for a backup that doesn’t play STs. Gotta be Grimble getting the bench if Deebo gets a helmet.

  • Sam Clonch

    Lord knows he can’t be the long snapper.

  • Bryan Ischo

    90% of special teams plays are kind of useless though. I mean I guess you never know when someone is going to actually return a punt, but it seems to be more and more rare with every passing year. Just put a warm body in Deebo’s place on special teams.

  • Orlysteel

    Had a great year last year, they just haven’t played him , we haven’t seen what he’s got but I don’t think he’s lost it.

  • The Truth

    Harrison has played special teams. He has played on it this year too. Where does everyone get that Harrison cannot and/or does not play on ST.

  • Iulo

    yep… Deebo (on Left side) and Watt (on right side) playing in the playoffs…
    Dupree is not convincing me… and Chickillo has reduced his played time…

    I think Moats is still there just as an insurance.

  • Iulo

    yes, he and Moats will retire… so PIT will need another OLB in the draft or two if Keion is not worth, but that’s for the future… lets enjoy Deebo until the superbowl!

  • Sam Clonch

    Ooooh, you better hope Alex doesn’t see that comment. Banned from the depot for LIFE haha!

  • Bradys_Dad

    and sadly

  • Grant Humphrey

    I don’t think Moats will retire he’s only 29 years old, I don’t think he’ll be back with the Steelers but he will play with another team next season.

  • thehugster

    I place the little faith I have remaining in this coaching staff on the hope they are giving Deebo time off to unleash him during the playoffs. He’s still by far their most effective edge pass rusher and run defender