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Steelers Injury Update: Najee Harris Misses 2nd Straight Practice, Scheduled to Work Friday



Najee Harris

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris missed his second consecutive day of practice on Thursday as the team continued its preparations to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card playoffs on Sunday.

Harris, who suffered a right elbow injury in last Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, will practice on Friday, head coach Mike Tomlin said.

“He’s scheduled to work tomorrow,” Tomlin said after practice Thursday. “I think that will be telling for us.”

Harris was injured in the first quarter of the game, but was able to return for the final few drives, wearing a large brace around his right elbow and looking less than 100 percent.

The Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Harris has been the team’s top rusher and for most of the season, the only back featured in the running game. When he left the game against Baltimore, backup Benny Snell came into the game and got 12 carries. That was one-third of his season total of 36 carries.

Harris finished fourth in the NFL with 1,200 rushing yards on 307 carries. He also scored 10 total touchdowns.

Behind Snell, the Steelers have veteran Kalen Ballage and second-year back Anthony McFarland Jr., who has been inactive most of the season after injuring his knee in the preseason.