The talk at training camp on Wednesday was about James Harrison’s left knee after he had arthroscopic surgery on it.
One player thrown into the spotlight if Harrison is out for any amount of time is second-year linebacker Chris Carter.
“The standard is the standard,” said Carter. “I have a lot to live up to. I am going to try my best and hopefully get to where James is at.”
Carter, who said he was pleased with his performance against the Eagles, doesn’t doubt his ability to get the job done
“I am the last person to ever doubt my size especially when it comes to the run,” said Carter, 6-1, 248. “I’ve been doing a good job so far during camp and in preseason games. I have to continue to build on it. The one thing about Coach (Mike) Tomlin and Coach (Keith) Butler is that we never get satisfied, ever.”
Like everyone else Carter doesn’t know how long Harrison could be sidelined, but said the offseason helped prepare him for this after not having an offseason his rookie season because of the lockout.
“I expect James to be at full health and in the case that he is not I am more than willing, able and ready to stand up and take that job that day,” said Carter. “Coach (Dick) LeBeau and the rest of the defense have done a great job of prepping me to be able to take care of the responsibility I need to when I am on the field.
“I wish the best for James. He is a great asset to the team. With him out there our defense is unstoppable. But I believe in myself as well and my abilities and I can still get out there and hold things up.”
Carter is having a strong training camp and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
“He’s represented himself well not only since he’s been here but he had a very productive offseason, OTAs and minicamp,” said Tomlin. “He’s a second-year player, a guy that has to take that step in the manner in which we challenge all our second-year players. So far, he’s accepting that challenge.”
Carter hasn’t talked to Harrison about the injury, which has had him on the PUP list since camp began, and he doesn’t know how long the recovery will take.
“I don’t ask him about it,” said Carter. “He is a consummate pro. He knows how to deal with that and get his body in perfect condition. I am sure he is going to come back as soon as possible, as soon as he feels ready.
“Until then I am just going to take care of my business.”
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