While celebrating a 34-6 win over the Houston Texans, the Steelers included injured linebacker Ryan Shazier on a FaceTime locker-room video just like they did two weeks earlier after a win over the Baltimore Ravens. This time, Shazier wasn't the only veteran player in the team's thoughts. The game was the first without 39-year-old linebacker James Harrison, released Saturday to make room for tackle Marcus Gilbert on the active roster. Harrison had played only 40 snaps in five games, but was respected for his leadership and role in the locker room. "We adjusted really well," center Maurkice Pouncey said. "Deebo was the guy helping us out along the way. When you lose that type of player, honestly, it (stinks). What he meant to us and how cool he was to be around and all that stuff. But it's the NFL, and we see tough decisions every day." It's possible the Steelers this week could re-sign Harrison, who cleared waivers Monday. Pouncey was asked if he expects that to happen. "I think so," he said. "Why not?" Coach Mike Tomlin was noncommittal.
Mike Tomlin “not speculating” about James Harrison return
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Dec 26