Steelers activate Marcus Gilbert, release James Harrison

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Even though Harrison was apparently unhappy with his role, many Steelers fans can't believe the team let go of their all-time sack leader.

But on Saturday, the Steelers needed a roster spot for right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was returning from suspension, and they found one by releasing Harrison.

Gilbert was suspended for four games by the NFL on November 20 for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Harrison played in just three games this season for the Steelers.

In his five games in 2017, Harrison recorded only three combined tackles with one sack.

Harrison complained about his lack of playing time earlier this month, saying he would not have re-signed with the Steelers if he had known he wouldn't play. "It's just the business of the NFL".

"There was no animosity or bad feelings", Parise told ESPN.

Harrison was the 2008 National Football League defensive player of the year and was named to the Pro Bowl five times in his 14-year career. He saw the field for only 40 defensive snaps in five games this season.

For his career Harrison has 82 1/5 sacks, including two with Cincinnati, as well as eight interceptions.

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