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James Harrison | Linebacker | #92

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 5/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 242
College: Kent State
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Impending free agent OLB James Harrison intends to continue his playing career in 2017.
Harrison turns 39 in May but remains in peak physical condition. "I'm not done," Harrison said. "I feel physically fine." Harrison was nearly an every-down player the final month of the season and into the playoffs. In the regular season, he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 8 outside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers. The Steelers would likely want to bring him back. Jan 23 - 9:22 AM

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirms Steelers OLB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Harrison sat out Thursday's practice but was back for a full session on Friday. Despite the questionable tag, there was never much doubt about his status for Sunday's AFC title game in Foxboro. Look for Harrison to put plenty of heat on Tom Brady.
Jan 22 - 11:51 AM

Steelers OLB James Harrison (shoulder, triceps) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Harrison is fully expected to play despite some missed practice time this week. He's been a standout this postseason with 2.5 sacks. Harrison should see his regular snaps.
Jan 21 - 2:39 PM

Steelers OLB James Harrison is dealing with shoulder and triceps injuries.

Coach Mike Tomlin said the injuries will limit him early in the week, but there is almost no chance he sits out the AFC Championship Game. Harrison continued his monster season in the win over the Chiefs Sunday night, and he should do the same this week against the Patriots.
Jan 17 - 12:24 PM

The NFL has cleared James Harrison, Julius Peppers, and Clay Matthews of any wrongdoing as a result of the Al Jazeera report.

The three players, along with free agent DE Mike Neal, were linked to PEDs last year. Players from the MLB were also mentioned in the flimsy report, but MLB cleared them a while back. Harrison, Matthews, and Peppers completed interviews with the league last week and can carry on with their lives.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 02:19:00 PM

The NFL will question James Harrison about Al-Jazeera's steroid report on Thursday morning.

The sides are meeting at the Steelers' team facility. The meeting figures to be perfunctory and rife with lawyers. With Al-Jazeera's star witness having gotten cold feet, the league's inquiry is unlikely to go anywhere.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 06:31:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have agreed to meet with the league as it investigates Al-Jazeera's steroid report.

Free agent Mike Neal has yet to pledge cooperation. Harrison had been huffing and puffing about not cooperating, but realistically, he didn't have a choice. Matthews and Peppers have been more measured as they have (barely) discussed the matter. It appears little will come of it, as Al-Jazeera's star witness quickly recanted his accusations.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 03:28:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL will still require the players implicated in the Al Jazeera America report on performance-enhancing drugs to participate in an interview on the first day of training camp.

James Harrison made headlines by submitting a sworn affidavit denying the allegations last week, but it appears every implicated player submitted their own written statements as well. The league has rejected the NFLPA's contention that the statements constitute reasonable cooperation, and they assert the players are required to submit to in-person interviews. It is likely Harrison has a different opinion on the matter. Free agent OLB Mike Neal is the first player scheduled to be interviewed.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Steelers OLB James Harrison submitted a sworn affidavit to the NFL denying allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs.

Harrison flatly denied every allegation made against him by Charlie Sly in an Al Jazeera America report from December. The NFL wants to interview Harrison about those allegations on the first day of training camp, but it is unlikely that meeting takes place. In a cover letter submitted with the affidavit, the NFLPA said neither the CBA nor the PED policy indicates players "must agree to an in-person interview based upon random, baseless verbal remarks or face discipline for a failure to cooperate with a league investigation." The NFLPA also noted the affidavit "constitutes reasonable cooperation by this employee." It looks like this situation could get ugly.
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 11:59:00 AM

Steelers OLB James Harrison said he is willing to meet with the NFL regarding accusations he took performance-enhancing drugs, but only at his home on a date of his choosing with Roger Goodell present.

The NFL has been attempting to interview players implicated in a December Al Jazeera report for months, but those attempts have been blocked by the NFLPA. Last week the league sent out a memo setting interview dates with Harrison, Julius Peppers, and Clay Matthews on the first day of training camp. Harrison does not sound like he will cooperate if the league tries to interview him in camp, and it is doubtful Goodell agrees to his demands. In response to the interviews, the NFLPA said they will "continue to advise our players about their rights and hold the NFL accountable."
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 10:28:00 AM

Steelers OLB James Harrison confirmed he will play in 2016.

Despite turning 38 this month, it was widely expected Harrison would decide to play another year. Harrison remained an effective pass rusher in a limited role last season, recording five sacks in 611 snaps. The Steelers need to develop their young pass rushers, but Harrison should once again provide a nice boost on the edge.
Mon, May 2, 2016 12:25:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fully expects James Harrison to play in 2016.

Harrison hasn't made an official announcement, but beat writer Ed Bouchette is convinced the smoke will produce fire. With Harrison due just $1.25 million, the Steelers have said they won't rush his decision about a 14th season.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 07:38:00 PM

The Steelers aren't rushing James Harrison's decision on his 2016 status.

Harrison has embarked on an extensive offseason training program with the intention of determining whether or not his body can still handle the rigors of professional football. Although he's yet to formally announce his decision, Harrison is widely expected to return for a 14th season. Harrison produced five sacks on 622 snaps in 2015. He's under contract for $1.25 million.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Steelers OLB James Harrison wants to see how his body responds to six weeks of training before deciding whether to continue his career.

"I’m going to start the process of making sure that I can get back to where I need to be so I’m able to give 100 percent," he said. "If I get to that point and I’m feeling good, there’s probably a good chance – no, not probably – I will play." Harrison plans to start training in March, and the regimen will last until the start of OTAs. It sounds like Harrison will continue his career, but he is at least leaving the retirement door open. He turns 38 in May.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 05:46:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Steelers OLB James Harrison told his PR manager he hasn't decided if he'll play another season.

GM Kevin Colbert said Tuesday he expected Harrison to keep playing but apparently his return isn't set in stone. Harrison turns 38 in May but is coming off a great season that earned him PFF's eighth-highest grade among 3-4 outside linebackers. If Harrison does decide to come back, he'll earn $1.25 million.
Tue, Feb 16, 2016 07:00:00 PM