Found March 24, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
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When the Pittsburgh Steelers cut Joey Porter during March of 2007 there were a lot of questions as to who would step in to replace him. Porter was considered one of, if not the, best players on the Steelers defense and their biggest off-season need immediately became finding a replacement. However, what analysts and some fans failed to realize was the Steelers already had their replacement waiting in the wings. James Harrison served as Porter’s back-up during the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons and was ready to step in as the starter when Porter was released. During the 2007 draft the Steelers selected outside linebackers in the first two rounds with Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley. Many believed that Timmons would immediately take over for Porter at outside linebacker, but Steelers enthusiasts knew that Timmons had been selected to move inside. In fact, the Steelers had drafted Timmons to play inside and Woodley as a future replacement for Clark Haggans and they were prepared to go...
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