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Steelers in no rush for James Harrison decision

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 28: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Linebacker James Harrison’s agent said last month that his client would return for the 2016 season, but Harrison backed off any commitment to a 14th year in the NFL.

Harrison said he wanted to put in time working out to be sure that his body was up to another year and his Instagram feed shows that Harrison has been putting in time in the gym. On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said there was no rush to get an answer from Harrison because he’s “not going to ask him to do much” in training camp and he’s confident Harrison knows what he’s capable of doing better than anyone else.

“James is not going to shortchange himself,” Tomlin said, via “James is not going to shortchange the game of football. I believe him when he says he’s going through a process to see his overall readiness and potential effectiveness. He knows what he’s doing. He’s been doing it a long time. He knows whether or not his body can do what he needs it to do. I respect that mentality. It’s an unselfish mentality if you think about it.”

The Steelers have four former first-round picks at linebacker, but Harrison remained a integral part of their defense last season and played well enough that there will be a similar place for him in 2016 should he decide that he’s up for another spin.