Harrison's stiff neck limits practice, will play Sunday
By Scott Brown
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
James Harrison has a stiff neck that may limit him in practice Wednesday but won't keep the outside linebacker out of Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.
"He's got a clean bill of health," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference.
Harrison hurt his neck near the end of the first half of last Sunday's game and was strapped to a headboard and carted off the turf at Heinz Field. He returned to the Steelers' sideline for the start of the second half, and Tomlin confirmed today that the extreme measures medical personnel took in treating Harrison were precautionary.
Harrison, who took over for Joey Porter this season at right outside linebacker, leads the Steelers with one-and-a-half sacks.
"I'm glad that he is fine," Tomlin said, "personally and professionally."
Rookie tight end Matt Spaeth is nursing a thigh bruise and it could limit what he does in practice, Tomlin said.
The Steelers, Tomlin added, are otherwise a healthy team.