INDIANAPOLIS — Najee Harris was forced out of Monday night’s clash with Indianapolis with an abdominal injury. The two guys behind him — Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland — did their part in helping the Pittsburgh Steelers to a victory.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin provided an update on Harris’ ailment after the team’s 24-17.
“He’s being evaluated, so I don’t know the extent of that,” Tomlin said. “I’m sure we’ll visit again tomorrow and I’ll have more information for you there.”
Harris picked up 35 yards on the ground on 10 carries prior to exiting the contest shortly before the halftime break. His longest rush was his first, which went for eight yards.
Even before Harris was forced out, the Steelers mixed in Snell — who before Monday night hadn’t yet taken a carry this campaign — and McFarland, a former fourth-round pick who failed to make the 53-man roster in the preseason and was on the practice squad.
That tandem filled in after Harris was ruled out for the remainder of the game, with Snell notching the go-ahead score.
Harris, the former first-rounder out of Alabama, was coming off his two best performances of the season and was on pace for another showing of at least 70 rushing yards — which would have been his fourth of the schedule. He went for 90 yards in a loss to Cincinnati and 99 the week before that against New Orleans.
The impact of Harris’ injury should become clearer throughout the week. Pittsburgh travels to Atlanta to play the Falcons on Sunday afternoon.
The Steelers only other in-game injury was to cornerback Levi Wallace, who left the game twice on the final defensive series, but was able to return both times.