Steelers' Harrison vows to return for another year

By Marcus DiNitto 23 January 2017 266
Steelers' Harrison vows to return for another year

Steelers linebacker James Harrison intends to play on in 2017-18 after his NFL season came to end on Sunday.

"I'm not done yet," the 38-year-old told reporters after Pittsburgh were eliminated from the playoffs in a 36-17 loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game.

"A few little dinks and bruises here and there, but other than that I feel fine," Harrison said. 

"Time will heal all of that."

Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All Pro, was again a major factor on the Steelers defense this past season. He led the team with five sacks in the regular season and registered 53 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception.

This postseason, Harrison had 2.5 sacks and drew a holding penalty on Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher that took a would-be game-tying two-point conversion off the board in the closing minutes of Pittsburgh's divisional round win at Kansas City.

Of Harrison's 14 seasons in the NFL, 13 have been spent in Pittsburgh. He played on the rival Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 before a brief retirement and a return to Pittsburgh in 2014.

Harrison is reportedly not under a contract for 2017, but given his continued high-level of performance, it is likely the Steelers will make sure he is back on their roster.

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