Steelers Najee Harris Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Jerome Harris (born March 9, 1998) (NFL). After starring for the Crimson Tide in college, the Steelers picked him up in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Injury

Injuries have plagued the Steelers all preseason long. This has been especially difficult on the offense, which has gone weeks without its best tools. However, they finally got a look at what the expected opening day starting lineup would be like in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions.

After recuperating from a foot injury, Najee Harris was back in the backfield. Harris identified the ailment as a sprained linsfranc, which takes four to six weeks to recover from. About four weeks into his rehabilitation, he admits to feeling “a little rusty.”

“It felt great to be back in the field,” Harris remarked. “Honestly, I was a little rusty. My slump lasted around four weeks. My foot was trampled on. Basically, I sprained my linsfranc. Because of this, I missed a good portion of camp. So, I felt a bit rusty as I tried to get back into the swing of things. After the game, I felt quite bad about my performance. I had a false start because I made a bad read on one of the runs.”

However, Harris insists the foot is good and has no complaints. He is just now recovering from his injuries, but the knocks he took against Detroit will help him return to peak form.

I don’t see this kind of live activity in practice, so it’s helpful to see it here, Harris remarked. “At the start of camp, they told me I had one day to live. The existence of such complications makes it clear that this could have both positive and negative consequences.”

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Career

Steelers Najee Harris Injury

Harris had 142 total yards, 14 of which came from receptions on 19 attempts. This was the second-highest amount of targets for a running back since 1992 and tied the NFL record for most catches in a game by a rookie running back (when the data was first tracked). Harris rushed for 122 yards on 23 carries and a score in Week 5’s 27-19 victory over the Denver Broncos.

That game was his first with over 100 yards rushing. The Steelers hadn’t had a rookie rush for 100 yards in his first five games since Franco Harris in 1972, but he did it, making history in the process. In Week 17’s 26-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Harris rushed for a career-high 188 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

After his first season in the league, Harris had 74 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to his 1,200 yards rushing and seven total scores. As a running back, he led the league in receptions and was fourth in yards received and all-purpose yards. He had the most touches in the NFL with 381 and also had zero turnovers. He’ll be filling in for Joe Mixon, the Bengals’ starting running back, at the 2022 Pro Bowl as an alternative.

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