Will Najee Harris play vs. Patriots? Here's latest update on Steelers RB originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
UPDATE (Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. ET): ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Harris should be good to go in Week 2.
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Steelers defensive end T.J. Watt -- one of the most talented players in the league -- suffered what appeared to be a serious pectoral muscle injury in Pittsburgh's overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season opener.
Watt wasn't the only important Steelers player who picked up an injury.
NFL Media's Mike Giardi reported late Sunday that, from what he's been told, Harris' injury is not a big deal.
I'm told the Najee Harris injury is not considered a big deal. #Steelers
— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) September 11, 2022
CBS Sports' Aditi Kinkhabwala reported a similar update:
Najee Harrisâ injury looked worse than it was, Iâm told by someone w/in the #Steelers org. He should be OK. And that means at least one sigh of reliefâ¦
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 11, 2022
Being OK and being 100 percent are two different things, though. So even if Harris is active and plays against the Patriots next week, he could be at less than full strength. Harris, when healthy, is a top 10 running back in football.
Rookie running back Jaylen Warren is the backup and would likely see the majority of the Steelers' rushing attempts if Harris doesn't play or is severely limited versus the Patriots.