Harrison's move has effect on special teams
By Mike Prisuta
Friday, September 30, 2005
James Harrison's promotion to starting outside linebacker in place of Clark Haggans (groin) could have a trickle-down effect on the Steelers' special teams.
Harrison, who made the final 53-man roster in 2004 mostly because he had turned himself into one of the Steelers' best performers in the kicking game, had been appearing on the punt, punt-return, kickoff and kickoff-return teams this season.
No Steelers starter had been playing on all four of those special-teams units during the first three games.
Ike Taylor, who starts at left cornerback, returns and covers kickoffs.
Tight end Jerame Tuman plays on the kickoff return and place-kicking teams.
Tight end Heath Miller, who has started the first three games along with Tuman, is on the kickoff-return, punt and place-kicking teams.
The Steelers were without another key member of their special teams, wide receiver Sean Morey (hamstring), during Sunday's 23-20 loss to New England. A 34-yard kickoff return to the New England 38-yard line preceded the Patriots' drive for the game-winning field goal in the closing seconds