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Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison joins New England Patriots

27 December, 2017, 02:50 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison joins New England Patriots

If you want to argue that James Harrison is reportedly signing with the New England Patriots as a way of getting back at the Pittsburgh Steelers, that's fine.

The team had not announced any transactions Tuesday as of 5 p.m. ET. He passed through waivers unclaimed but visited with the Patriots on Tuesday before signing. On his Instagram account, Harrison confirmed the signing by posting a photo with #Tom Brady with the caption: "Finally". With that on the line, expect to see starters in this final game of the regular season, unless the Patriots get up by 20 or more in the 4th quarter. To make room for Harrison, the Patriots released linebacker Trevor Reilly.

The New England Patriots will be in the playoffs and they'll have a first-round bye once again.

Harrison's playing time dipped significantly this season. New England owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its 27-24 win at Pittsburgh on December 17.

Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison joins New England Patriots

New England has played in each of the past six AFC title games and has won two of the past three Super Bowls, including their overtime classic against the Atlanta Falcons this past February.

Now all that's left is for the Steelers legend to face off against his former team in the AFC Championship game.

A win on Sunday against the Jets will lock up the top seed in the AFC playoffs and home field advantage throughout, while the Steelers need a win and a Pats loss to earn that right.

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