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The league has suspended Steelers OLB James Harrison for the Monday night game because of his helmet-to-helmet hit on Colt McCoy last Thursday. Harrison has a well-known history of fines for such infractions, and this move was expected. He can appeal the suspension, but that history makes it unlikely the ruling will change. And don't expect the review process to keep him eligible for the meeting with San Francisco. Lions DT Ndamukong Suh appealed his suspension 2 weeks ago and got a ruling before the next game. Jason Worilds is listed as Harrison's backup. He has been starting at LOLB, though, with LaMarr Woodley out. Chris Carter is listed as Woodley's backup, so perhaps those 2 will combine to fill in against the Niners. When Harrison and Worilds were both out earlier this season, though, ILB Lawrence Timmons moved out to ROLB (ineffectively). Whatever the team does, Harrison's absence will hurt the Steelers' team D outlook in fantasy.

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Steelers OLB James Harrison is doubtful for Sunday's game at Cincinnati because of a knee injury that has kept him out of practice this week. His absence should make it easier for OLB Jarvis Jones to find playing time in his return to action, though the 2nd-year player is not an IDP option.

2:34pm EST 3/9/13

The Steelers have released OLB James Harrison. Apparently the 2 sides couldn't agree on how much the soon-to-be 35-year-old is worth. Injuries have hampered Harrison for 2 straight years, but he remained a productive player when on the field. Harrison finished last year ranked #10 among 3-4 OLBs by Pro Football Focus. That included rating 3rd at the position against the run. He'll find a starting job somewhere. Cleveland would be a particularly interesting landing spot. The Browns are switching to a 3-4 front for 2013 and have former Pittsburgh DB coach Ray Horton as their new DC. Harrison could be a dangerous man with revenge on his mind. Fantasy football players in IDP leagues should certainly keep him in their preseason thoughts. Jason Worilds is the most obvious candidate to replace Harrison in the Steelers' lineup, though he'll likely face competition for the job.

James Harrison's agent told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that his client isn't willing to take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh. He did say that the 34-year-old LB would be open to potentially reworking his current deal for cap relief. This is no real surprise. Harrison has always proved stubborn, and why shouldn't he be on this issue. His play hasn't suffered. Only injuries have claimed productive games. The Steelers, of course, have proved willing to dump veterans when they deemed it best for the club. It seems hard to envision the team jettisoning Harrison this offseason, though.

Steelers OLB James Harrison tweeted today that he was unable to make practice and "looks like" he'll be a game-time decision Sunday night against the Broncos. That only makes it easier for IDP owners to do what they should have done anyway: bench him. Jason Worilds would likely start in his absence.

7:27pm EDT 8/28/12

The Steelers have activated OLB James Harrison off the PUP list. Harrison had his sore knee scoped on Aug. 15. He's targeting the regular-season opener for his return, though some remain skeptical that he can make that. Harrison entered last season with big-time physical questions after two offseason back surgeries but performed just fine once the games counted. Cautious fantasy owners might want to sit him against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but Harrison remains a strong IDP sleeper across most formats. The team also activated 3rd OLB Jason Worilds from the PUP today. Worilds had missed all of camp following wrist surgery.

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