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Steelers notebook: James Harrison appears likely to play Sunday against Chiefs

Chris Adamski
| Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
Steelers linebacker James Harrison sacks Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the third quarter during the AFC divisional game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers linebacker James Harrison sacks Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the third quarter during the AFC divisional game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

After being a healthy inactive the past two weeks, James Harrison apparently will be back in the Steelers lineup Sunday.

“It's always good to have James Harrison when you're playing Kansas City and let their offensive tackle see him,” defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Thursday. “I'll just say that. I'll leave it at that. You can imagine what might happen.”

The only elaboration Butler gave after that? “They'll (the Chiefs) see him.”

Harrison, 39, has played just seven snaps this season — four in the opener at Cleveland and three more two weeks later at Chicago.

He has no tackles or any other registered statistics after leading the team with five sacks last regular season.

Counting the playoffs, Harrison had 7½ sacks in the final 11 games he played during the 2016 season. In 2017, Harrison was to be the backup to rookie T.J. Watt at right outside linebacker, but when Watt missed the Week 3 game at Chicago, Anthony Chickillo filled in.

Pouncey, Shazier to ‘full'

Center Maurkice Pouncey (chest) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (quad) were full practice participants after Pouncey did not practice and Shazier was limited Wednesday.

Tackle Marcus Gilbert kept his word and practiced fully for the second consecutive day. He said Wednesday he would be back in the lineup Sunday after a three-game absence because of a hamstring injury.

Guard Ramon Foster sat out for the second consecutive practice because of a back injury

Kelce, Houston updates

Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce advanced to the next stage of concussion protocol and was cleared to practice in a limited capacity. Kelce entered concussion protocol at halftime of last week's win at Houston.

The news wasn't as good, from the Chiefs' perspective, for another All-Pro. Pass-rusher Justin Houston sat out practice for the second consecutive day because of a calf injury. Houston has 5½ sacks in five games, fifth most in the NFL.

Kansas City's starting center, Mitch Morse, practiced for the first time since Sept. 15. He has not played since Week 2 because of a foot injury.

Steelers donate

The Steelers are one of three teams, along with the NFL Foundation, that will contribute a combined $200,000 to the Mexico City earthquake relief efforts.

Also making contributions are the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders. The contributions to Fundacion Banorte will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the company and will be used to rebuild homes damaged by the earthquake in September.

The Cowboys also have committed $50,000 to the Salvation Army's relief efforts.

Mexico City has hosted two NFL regular-season games since 2005. The Raiders and Patriots are scheduled to play at Estadio Azteca on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Staff writer Joe Rutter contributed. Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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