Originally written on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 9/28/12

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers high fives fans as he walks off the field following the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
I think we all realize that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense is better with James Harrison on the field than off. You could certainly argue even at 75% Harrison would be a better option than either Chris Carter or Jason Worilds. The problem really doesn’t revolve around that though because what it deals with is simply getting Harrison on the field period. I found myself at one point in the second half of that atrocious loss in Oakland wondering if the grounds’ crew couldn’t get Harrison out on the field with a Bobcat and just drop him there in his outside linebacker position. I’m fairly certain he could have gotten more pressure on the quarterback than anyone else was at that time. So what do the Steelers do? All accounts so far during the first week of the bye are not good. He practiced on Tuesday but hasn’t seen the field since as the balky knee is obviously not responding the way he wants it to be responding. If he can’t participate in a game by mid-season the question has to be ...
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