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Carter ready if Harrison isn’t

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 15, 2012 – 8:12 pm

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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8 Responses to “Carter ready if Harrison isn’t”

  1. By NELIA AIKEN on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    JAMES HARRISON I LOVE YOU AND HOPE YOU HAVE A SPEEDY RECOVERY WE WANT YOU BACK #92 BUT NEED YOU BACK HEALTHY’ NOW TO YOU CHRIS CARTER WE LOVE YOU TWO AND UNTIL JAMES IS READY YOU ARE THE MAN TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS.I AM SPEEKING FOR THE STEELERS NATION WE WANT TO PUT A RING ON IT THE SEVENTH THIS SEASON SO LETS GO STEELERS

  2. By dale r schaffner sr. on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    i agree with nelia get well soon james but do it smart cause u and woodly are a deadly 1 2 punch but i have faith in u chris and so does the nation GOD BLESS U AND GOD BLESS THE STEELERS

  3. By uncsteeler on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Silverback is gettin long in the tooth but he’s still a major force when healthy. It looks like we will be w/o him for the opener (at least) but it’s definitely a relief to know that CC is playin well so far. Big shoes to fill but he looked “cat-quick” in the preseason opener. Nice first step & explosion but needs to finish better. I know he will only get better and so will this YOUNG defense. Black & Gold forever!

  4. By Will Lacroix on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    James you are the heart and soul of the Steelers, please take care and come back healthy, I have every confidence that Chris will give his all during your absence.

    GO STEELERS

  5. By uncsteeler on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Silverback is gettin long-in-the-tooth, but no worries, the young BULLDOG Chris Carter is impressing coaches & fans alike this preseason. It’s amazing what a true offseason can do for the development of a young, talented, transitioning player. Moving from a 4 point stance as a rush end in college, to a stand-up 3-4 ROLB in Dick LeBeau’s scheme is not an easy one. I’m just glad the kid is catchin on. He may end up being the “crown jewel” of last year’s draft class but that’s a tough title to hold down. Marcus Gilbert, Cortez Allen, & Chris Carter have all shown well in camp this year. Considering the perceived lack of depth @ the outside linebacker position coming into camp, Chris Carter’s emergence changes that whole dynamic.

    Pundits still think the Steelers’ glory days are behind them… thank you pundits.

  6. By Ray on Aug 16, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Carter has potential but he HAS to play more aggresive Harrison contributes alot to our defense, we can do it without him but Chris has to step it up

  7. By steve on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    harrison is bigger in a tee shirt than carter is in pads hurry back JAMES

  8. By steve on Aug 17, 2012 | Reply

    ontario loves the steelers

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