To put Tomlin’s change in philosophy regarding Harrison from last year to this year in perspective, if the coach had waited until the 12th practice of this camp to free Harrison to practice, he wouldn’t be making his debut until Aug. 14 almost three weeks into camp. Make no mistake, Tomlin isn’t unleashing Harrison at full-bore. http://askkatherinegonzalez.pdxrwa.org/2016/08/05/practical-guidance-on-intelligent-interview-attire-tactics/His reps are far fewer than what are being given to younger and less-established players, both in team and individual drills. He also left one practice early because of a minor ankle injury. But Harrison, in a change of tact from last year, has apparently earned the trust of Tomlin that he doesn’t need protected from himself at the age of 38. Harrison missed just one game last season because of injury and played the most snaps of any of the team’s outside linebackers (55 percent of the team’s total). He’s entering his 14th NFL season, his 13th with the Steelers and third since coming out of retirement a month into the 2014 regular season. Harrison is embroiled in a dispute with the NFL over whether the league needs to interview him, as it desires, in connection to a December Al-Jazeera report that implicated him in alleged use of a banned performance-enhancing substance. In part as a result, Harrison has avoided speaking to the media, cutting off his lone session with local reporters last Sunday after less than a minute because he was asked about the PED thing, as he put it.
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