Pittsburgh Steelers players say James Harrison is starting to look like his old self after he came from behind and stripped the ball from Joe Flacco in the Steelers' 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
"He's looking like James Harrison of old," linebacker Larry Foote said via The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Every time he gets a sack coming around the corner, you see him strip the ball. Especially nowadays when you can't even hit the quarterback, you might as well try to take the ball from him instead of blasting him."
Foote added: "The last couple of weeks, he's pushing guys back more and more," Foote said. "You're starting to see teams not even running to his side. That left side is getting a lot of runs. That has a lot to do with him. He always dents the line of scrimmage in."
Harrison's forced fumble is just the 12th takeaway of the season for the Steelers. The defense is hoping to generate more turnovers in the next four regular season games with a healthier Harrison and the return of safety Troy Polamalu.
"Some time ago, James turned the corner with his football conditioning," said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. "He's been getting better every week. But I think he's playing at a very, very high level right now."Harrison, who missed the first three games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, admits he's not 100 percent healthy, but is feeling better and better each week.
"It still hurts," Harrison said after practice Friday. "I come in to practice each week and try to work my way to get back to where I felt [before the injury]. I don't expect to be at 100 percent, but as long I keep getting a little bit better each Sunday, then that's fine."The Steelers host the San Diego Chargers Sunday.