James Harrison was inactive last week which came as a bit of a surprise. There can be two logical explanations for this. One, he was listed on the injury report on Friday with an illness. Something may have come up, and he was not fully healthy for a game on Sunday.
Is James Harrison Done?
The other is that with T.J. Watt coming back from injury, the team does not need him. Watt and running mate Bud Dupree played 65 out of 67 snaps on Sunday. If Harrison is going to be active, he is going to play two snaps per game. However, Arthur Moats and Anthony Chickillo both play special teams. On Sunday Chickillo played 18 snaps and Arthur Moats played seven snaps on special teams.
On Wednesday, Harrison was listed as limited again with an illness. However, on Thursday and Friday, he was listed as a full participant. There is an argument that if Moats is only playing seven snaps on special teams, they can find someone else and have the better talent on the field, even if it is a small role.
If Harrison is not active this Sunday the excuses will be gone. This will be the way that things are going to go for the foreseeable future. Barring injury, it is unlikely to see this team go to him late in the season, as some may think. He is not going to jump in cold to break any sort of strides and momentum that they have already been building since this starting point of Week Four. Consistency is too important.
Sunday could be the true end of an era, and it could be confirmed that the Steelers do not currently have any use for Harrison. If Harrison is inactive on Sunday it will only take an injury for him to take another career snap.