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Tomlin and Team Not Worried About Harrison’s Conditioning

Mike Tomlin said he is not all that worried about the health of Pro Bowl OLB James Harrison, who said after the third preseason game he is not in the shape he desires because of double back surgery in the offseason.

Harrison said he gets fatigued, even though he never played more than a half, and appeared to have trouble chasing down the ball. Harrison has not played since that game, but Tomlin expects him to be fine when they open the season against the Ravens.

Still, it is likely the team will try to occasionally spot Harrison with second-year OLB Jason Worilds, their No. 2 pick in 2010. Harrison is typically a fast starter, registering 24 of his 36 1/2 sacks the past three seasons in the first eight games of the season.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. Joey Porter's Pit Bulls

    September 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I’m not so worried about Harrison’s conditioning — I’m worried about his BACK and how well it will hold up. His game is all about leverage, power and explosiveness. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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