Amidst a barrage of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, the Pittsburgh Steelers have called on one of their former stars, James Harrison, for help.
Harrison has officially re-signed with the team that he played for from 2002-2012 after announcing his retirement just last month. He made the announcement with a picture on his Instagram page this morning saying 'Done Deal!'
Following injuries to linebackers Jarvis Jones and first round draft pick Ryan Shazier - the Steelers were in desperate need for cover. With Jones being placed on the Injured Reserve, Pittsburgh were free to sign Harrison who will immediately back up the promoted Arthur Moats.
Jones dislocated his wrist in the Steelers 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers on sunday and underwent surgery on Tuesday Morning. He will miss at least eight weeks. Shazier looks set to miss 'a few weeks' with an sprained MCL.
In a rather touching twist to the story, Harrison uploaded a video to his Instagram showing him asking his kids if they were ok with him returning to football. Initially they said no before a woman, presumably Harrison's other half, proclaims he will be playing for the Steelers, to which his kids completely changed their tune.
Harrison had a stellar career with the Steelers first time round. In addition to two super bowl rings, he is second to Jason Gildon on their list of all time sacks with 64 - Gildon had 77. He made five pro-bowl appearances and was named the NFL's Defensive player of the year for the 2008 season.
Support for the move
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has welcomed the news, speaking on his weekly radio show:
"I just think it's going to be great for that defense. I know he's still got it in the tank because I know how hard James works. I'm excited to have him back."
Roethlisberger has a point, at 35 Harrison played 15 games for the Bangals last year, starting 10, recording 30 tackles and two sacks in the process. Maybe not the best numbers but the playing time shows he can still perform at the highest level.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin also spoke about the move, saying it was an easy decision:
"We know James. James knows us. James understands the schemes. We're going to know what he's capable of handling from a mental standpoint and a physical standpoint."
Steelers fans, what do you think? Is re-signing Harrison a good idea?