This retirement didn’t last long at all. Just a month ago James Harrison announced his retirement, but thanks to some injuries, Harrison will return to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made the announcement on his official Instagram page.
Harrison spent 10 seasons with the Steelers, racking up 64 sacks, good for second on the Steelers all-time list, trailing on Jason Gildon. He also made five Pro Bowls, two All-Pro first teams, and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
The need for another linebacker came for the Steelers during their 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Starting linebacker Jarvis Jones was put on the injured reserve/designated for return list on Monday after dislocating his wrist.
Harrison will not move immediately into the starting lineup. Arthur Moats will take the starting job, opposite of Jason Worilds. Harrison will be the top backup for both of them.
Sunday was a tough day for the Steelers injury-wise despite the victory. Cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a broken forearm, and inside linebacker Ryan Shazier left with a knee injury and did not return. The depth of the Steelers will definitely be tested over the next few weeks.