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Harrison will ‘eventually get to full strength’


James Harrison wasn’t much of a factor in the Steelers’ 34-16 win against the Falcons, and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan did not get sacked despite throwing 42 passes against the first-team defense.
There probably is a correlation between the two as Harrison is the Steelers’ most decorated — and probably feared — pass rusher. And after the Steelers improved to 2-1 in preseason play, the outside linebacker admitted that he is still working himself into playing shape.
“Eventually I’ll get to full strength,” said Harrison, who underwent two back surgeries within a month during the offseason. “When that will be, who knows?
“It’s more trying to get into game shape, trying to get the back to hold up the same it did the first play as it will the last play. That’s something that will come with time. The longer I’m out there the more I get games in and reps in and the better it will get.”
The unsettling thought for Steelers fans when it comes to that: Harrison isn’t going to play more than a series Thursday in the Steelers’ preseason finale at Thursday.
That means he won’t completely have his football legs under him when the Steelers open the season against the Ravens. The good news, Harrison said, is he felt the same physically after the Falcons game as he did following the Steelers’ 24-14 win against the Eagles on Aug. 18.
The first-team defense played roughly a half against each team.
And remember the Steelers’ offense dominated time of possession against the Eagles. It was a different story against the Falcons, who ran 52 plays against the Steelers in the first half.
“I feel about the same so I guess it’s heading in the right direction,” Harrison said.



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