Steelers Prepare to Face an Old Teammate

James_Harrison_2013One subplot wrapped into Monday night’s tilt between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals is the offseason relocation of James Harrison.

After a decade of raising havoc with Pittsburgh’s defense, Harrison now sets his sights on Ben Roethlisberger as part of a Bengals pass rush that looms as one of the league’s best. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin — not the sentimental type — isn’t dwelling on the reunion.

“To be honest, when I step into the stadium, they’re nameless, gray faces to me once we get started. That’s just part of today’s NFL. There’s movement in this business and just about every week you’re running across a guy you’ve had a professional and personal experience with in the past,” Tomlin told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, per The Cincinnati Enquirer.

“James is a special guy who did special things here, but from that standpoint you’ve got to move on.”

In reality, the Steelers moved on months ago, when they made almost no effort to re-sign Harrison after a 2012 campaign that saw him produce his lowest sack totals since 2006. This season, the Bengals aren’t relying on Harrison to do it alone. He played just 40 snaps in the opener, mostly dropped into the mix on passing downs.

Source: Marc Sessler, NFL