Harrison sees big hole in middle for Steelers

Harrison sees big hole in middle for Steelers
September 15, 2013, 12:00 am
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In a conference call with Pittsburgh media leading into Monday’s Bengals-Steelers game, Cincinnati linebacker James Harrison was generally matter-of-fact about facing his former team for the first time since leaving as a free agent.

He denied — though not particularly vigorously — reports that he took less money to sign with the Bengals than he had been offered to return to the Steelers for a 10th season. And he insisted the game was just another on the schedule to him.

Harrison did slip in this little thought, however, when speaking about what happened to Pittsburgh in its Week 1 loss to the Titans: “They lost their best offensive player they had in Pouncey.”

That’s center Maurkice Pouncey, a Pro Bowler, to be sure — and who is out for the season with a knee injury — but still a center and not the person most people would name when singling out the Steelers’ top player on offense. But lest you think Harrison is dissing Ben Roethlisberger, he does go on to say that that he believes Big Ben will figure out a way to get the Pittsburgh offense into gear.

Whether Roethlisberger can indeed do so and how much help he will get from the moribund Steelers running game combine for the biggest question facing Pittsburgh heading into Week 2.

H/T Pro Football Talk