After two straight games being inactive, James Harrison told reporters today he will be active on Sunday.
James Harrison confirmed he will dress this week. As for his role? "No clue." Cut group interview short when asked about team leadership.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 13, 2017
Harrison on if he'll dress at KC: "That's what I heard, we'll see. I'm wearing a uniform, I guess, this week." As for his role, "no clue."— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 13, 2017
The Steelers giving Harrison a helmet is not only a good decision, from a football perspective, but also from a leadership standpoint. Harrison isn’t necessarily a ‘talker’, but more of a leader by actions.
When it comes to football, Harrison still has plenty left in the tank, and has played well against the Chiefs in the past. In 2016, in two meetings, Harrison tallied 8 total tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for losses and 3 quarterback hits in the two meetings between the two teams. The biggest play he made may have been drawing a hold on a two-point conversion in the AFC Divisional round game at Arrowhead which resulted in the team’s 18-16 win to propel them to the AFC Championship game.
What is Harrison’s role in the game on Sunday? That is anyone’s guess, but if the Steelers are smart they put Harrison in early and often as a change of pace for the left tackle/tight end, and to increase the team’s chances of stopping Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt, and on yeah, winning.