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Steelers release Harrison, activate Gilbert

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their all-time leader in sacks.

James Harrison was cut from the team Saturday afternoon to make room for offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert.

Gilbert finished up a recent suspension for PEDs, and was available to be activated to the 53-man roster.

Harrison has only featured in five games this season, making three tackles and one sack.

Currently, in his career as a Steeler, Harrison has 80.5 sacks.

Harrison has featured for the Steelers for 13 seasons in his 14-season career. In 2013, Harrison spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals where he made two sacks.

The linebacker hasn’t featured much this season due to the rising of T.J. Watt, the Steelers first-round draft pick. Watt has been above Harrison on the depth chart the entire season, starting 13 games this season.

Watt has made 44 total tackles and six sacks.

Head Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert have yet to comment on the roster change.

As for Gilbert, the offensive tackle featured in five games this season before failing a drug test. Gilbert also missed games against the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions due to a hamstring injury.

Gilbert signed a six-year contract with the Steelers back in August 2014.

Taking his place was offensive tackle Chris Hubbard.

The Steelers will fly down south to face the Houston Texans on Christmas Day. Kick off is slated for 4:30 p.m.

Photo of Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison against the Baltimore Ravens courtesy of Keith Srakocic/Associated Press.

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