Steelers' Harrison likely to start on Sunday

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Linebacker James Harrison is not only is feeling better after what appeared to be a scary neck injury during last Sunday's game, he went through a full practice today and probably will start Sunday against the 49ers.

Harrison was strapped onto a board and taken off the field after his neck was jammed on the final play of the first half against Buffalo in Heinz Field.

Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin said he suffered nothing more than a stiff neck. Today, Harrison said he's ready to play and wanted to get back into the game last Sunday.

"I just jammed my neck up and couldn't move it for a minute,'' Harrison said. "I was sitting back and everything. I could move. I'm like, 'I'm feeling better, it just feels a little loose.' As soon as I said that, it was 'Don't move, we're strapping you up.'"

It took about 11 minutes for doctors and trainers to get Harrison off the field. They cut his face mask off and left his helmet on. The injury occurred one week after Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett suffered a serious neck injury during their opener.

"I think they overreacted with the thing that happened with the guy last week," Harrison said. "I don' think they wanted to take any chances."

Harrison came back onto the sideline during the third quarter and wanted to play, but medical personnel ordered him back into the locker room.

"That was a good move on them, but where I was standing at the time I didn't like the move they made."

Harrison, the Steelers top backup outside linebacker the past three seasons, replaced the departed Joey Porter on the right side this season. He had a sack in the first half Sunday and has 1 ?? for the season. His seven solo tackles led the team in its 34-7 opening victory at Cleveland.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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