Harrison ready for return

Linebacker James Harrison was back at practice on Wednesday after missing the previous week serving an NFL suspension for his hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

Harrison, who said he is definitely ready to come back, was very matter of fact about the suspension and didn't complain after practice about having to sit out the Steelers-49ers game on Monday night.

"It happens, oh well," said Harrison. "Deal with it and move on."

Harrison said he is doing everything that has been asked of him as far as how he tackles, including lowering his target area. He will continue to proceed with lowering his target area and said he won't worry about what might happen in the future as far as tackles.

"I'm not worried about anything," said Harrison. "I can't foresee the future. I'm not a fortune teller, so I'll deal with it as it comes."

Harrison acknowledged that he did have helmet-to-helmet contact with McCoy, and was surprised that the quarterback came back in the game after he appeared injured following the hit.

"My helmet hit his helmet, it is what it is," said Harrison. "If he was hurt so bad I don't know why they let him back in two plays later? Something should be done to them, I would think. I got a game, what should they get."


Running back Mewelde Moore will not play against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday after suffering an MCL injury against the 49ers, but he is hoping that he isn't out long.

"I am very optimistic about being able to play," said Moore. "It's a matter of healing, time and we will see how it goes from there. Everything is day to day. I believe in miracles. I believe I can heal fast. I am optimistic about getting out there and playing.

"Getting back is my plan as fast as I can. We'll see how it happens."

Moore knows he can't rush things, but definitely has his sights set on being on the field when the playoffs begin.

"It would be great to get a bye and get extended time," said Moore. "But I feel confident in getting back. I believe I heal fast so hopefully I can get back as fast as I can."


Center Maurkice Pouncey was convinced last week that he would play against the 49ers. Pouncey ended up missing the game with a high ankle sprain and while he isn't making promises, he is hopeful to play against the Rams on Saturday.

"I want to play," said Pouncey. "I wanted to play last week. I want to be a leader on the offensive line and help my guys."

Pouncey said it was his call not to play against the 49ers as he wasn't healthy enough, but is already feeling better than he did a week ago.

"It feels a lot better with pain tolerance and me moving around," said Pouncey. "It's a big-time difference. It feels a lot better. I can walk around and move around a lot better.

"I will be smart about it. If I don't feel comfortable I won't play. If I feel I can go out there and help my team, I will play."

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