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Steelers Re-sign LB James Harrison 

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed James Harrison to a two-year contract, which will address the team's need of the outside linebacker position.

Harrison's return to the Steelers puts off retirement a little longer for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  

The Steelers talked Harrison out of retirement last season following an injury to starting right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, and once again Harrison proved to be relevant despite his age and having to play his way back into football shape.  Harrison recorded 5.5 sacks in 11 regular-season games last season and emerged as the Steelers' best pass rusher.

Harrison is third on the Steelers' all-time sacks list (69.5), and he joins Jones and Arthur Moats as the only outside linebackers on the roster with NFL experience.

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James Harrison Not Ready to Retire

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Linebacker James Harrison isn't ready to retire for a second time.

The 36-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who retired for 18 days last year before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted an Instagram photo Sunday night showing a half packed suitcase with the caption: "I decided to hold off on retirement, so it's time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year!"

Harrison becomes a free agent in a month. In 11 games with the Steelers last season, he had 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

During his eight NFL seasons, Harrison has twice been named a first-team All Pro and has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers.

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Linebacker James Harrison Ends Retirement, Returns to Steelers

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than three weeks after holding a retirement ceremony in Pittsburgh, veteran linebacker James Harrison has decided to come back and return to the Steelers.

"It's really family here, and I wanted to come back and finish it off where it started," Harrison said earlier this month.

The Steelers recently lost two of their starting linebackers as Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier were both injured Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers. Facing a shortage of linebackers, the team decided to go back in time to bring back one of their long-time leaders.

The 36-year-old Harrison spent the first nine of his ten-year career with the Steelers and won two Super Bowls during his time in Pittsburgh. He played one season with the Cincinnati Bengals and decided that 2013 would be his last season in the NFL, before returning.

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ESPN: Steelers Lose LB Jarvis Jones at Least 8 Weeks

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list Monday, according to

Jones had surgery on his wrist Monday after he dislocated it during the team's 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

The Steelers used their one annual injured reserve exemption on Jones, meaning the linebacker will be able to practice in six weeks and play in a game in eight weeks if deemed healthy.

The 24-year-old Jones, who was drafted by the Steelers with the 17th overall selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, had 14 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in three games this season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, linebacker James Harrison, who retired less than three weeks ago, is expected to join the Steelers.

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Longtime Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Retires 

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Linebacker James Harrison will retire from the NFL.

The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year made the announcement on his Facebook page Saturday.

"I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today," Harrison posted. "My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career.

"My love for the game isn't strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school."

Harrison joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002 as a undrafted free agent out of Akron. The five-time Pro Bowler proceeded to play the next 10 seasons in Pittsburgh, where he was part of two Super Bowl winning teams.

Harrison was released by the Steelers following the 2012 season and played last season for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Harrison had one of the least productive years of his career in Cincinnati. He played in 15 games, recording 30 tackles and two sacks.

The Bengals cut Harrison in March and the 36-year-old had been trying to find another team to play for before finally deciding to announce his retirement.

Harrison finishes his 11 year NFL career playing in 146 regular season games, compiling 647 tackles, 66 sacks, 29 forced fumbles and six interceptions.


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Cincinnati Bengals Release LB James Harrison

NFL via Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker James Harrison on Thursday, after one season.

Harrison, who spent his first 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed with the Bengals last April. In 15 games with Cincinnati, the five-time Pro Bowler had 30 tackles, two sacks and one interception.

“It’s time for us to go a different direction now, with some younger guys, but we will all still reap benefits from having had James with us as a Bengal last year,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a released statement.

Harrison was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

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Bengals' James Harrison Not a Fan of "Hard Knocks"

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The HBO reality series Hard Knocks gives fans a chance to see a the side of an NFL team during training camp that traditionally is left unseen. This season the show is following the Cincinnati Bengals and linebacker James Harrison is not a fan.

"I don't feel they deserve to be here," Harrison told reporters. "They did nothing to be here other than they want to be here. They didn't put no blood, sweat and tears into [any] of this."

Bengals owner Mike Brown thought that this would be a good chance to give fans of not just the Bengas, but the entire NFL, to get an in-depth look at the team and help their image.

Harrison disagrees, adding, "No on deserves to see this, to come inside unless you're part of this."

This is not the first time the show has invaded Bengals training camp. Back in 2009, the series also followed around the Bengals, but Harrison was not on the team. Harrison signed with the Bengals during the offseason after spending his first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In seasons past, the show has also followed the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.

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James Harrison Signs With Bengals

NFL via Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- James Harrison is continuing his career in the AFC North.

Harrison signed a two-year deal Friday to join the Cincinnati Bengals after being released from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 35-year old linebacker will face his former team in the Bengal's first home game on Sept. 16.

Harrison sent out a tweet to confirm the news: "Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!"

Harrison's agent Bill Parise said he would be in Cincinnati in the second week of May to join his new team.

He finished with six sacks last season after missing the first three games of the season with a knee injury with Pittsburgh. 

Harrison also won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008.

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Steelers Release James Harrison

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the hardest hitters in the Steel City won't be playing his football there next season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of linebacker James Harrison on Saturday, ending the nine-year veteran's run with the team.

"We have informed James Harrison that we have released him," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "James has been an integral part of our success during his years in Pittsburgh and has helped us win two Lombardi trophies during that time. We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him the best."

Harrison won two Super Bowls with the team, and was named the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of The Year.

"It's been a great run but all good things must come to a end," Harrison said in a Tweet. "Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!"

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Steelers' Harrison Upset About McCoy Situation

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- The NFL announced on Tuesday it would be putting trainers into the press box following the hit that was put on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. However, Steelers linebacker James Harrison isn't so happy that the Browns were not punished for the hit.

Harrison, who put the helmet-to-helmet hit on McCoy is still questioning how the Browns got out of any fines or suspensions.

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

League spokesman Greg Aiello has already said that the Browns will not be penalized for their handling of McCoy's injury.

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