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Mike Tomlin On RB Josh Harris: ‘It’s A Big Week For Him’

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Josh Harris missed the Sunday preseason game against the Green Bay Packers due to a sprained foot but it appears as though he’s back practicing again.

Head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Harris Wednesday during his post practice press conference.

“Largely got a lot of guys working back and we need them because time’s getting really short for those guys to state a case for themselves,” said Tomlin. “There’s a certain level of urgency that comes with getting back, those that are injured, guys like Josh Harris, it’s a big week for him.”

Harris, who originally signed with the Steelers last year during training camp, has played all of seven snaps so far during the preseason. That resulted in him carrying the football twice for 8 yards. Harris had also missed the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Being as starter Le’Veon Bell will be suspended for the first two regular-season games this year, one would think that Harris is a lock to make the final 53 man roster. However, Tomlin stating that it’s a big week for him could signal that undrafted free agent Jawon Chisolm is pushing in him somewhat for that spot because he’s been the healthier one of the two. Chisolm, who was signed to the offseason roster after the Vikings game, has only rushed for35 yards on 20 carries in the two games that he has played in, however.

Assuming he’s able to play this weekend, Harris should get quite a bit of playing in time in the second half of Saturday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills along with Dri Archer and Chisolm.

Harris will likely be asked to play a lot on special teams this weekend as well.

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