Old Rivals, new faces, same stakes

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September 18, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) calls for crowd noise to disrupt the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be facing a familiar foe in the Cincinnati Bengals in a Monday Night Football showdown, but they’l also be facing a familiar ally in linebacker James Harrison. In speaking to the media yesterday, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin talked about facing his former player and Pittsburgh great:

"“I didn’t evaluate him from that perspective, but he does appear to be James and we all know and understand how James plays. He bring physicality to the table. He’s a guy that plays with great passion. He can inspire his teammates. We expect James to be James in the stadium.” “To be honest, when I step into the stadium they’re nameless gray faces to me once we get started. That’s just part of today’s NFL. There’s movement in this business and just about every week you’re running across a guy you’ve had a professional and personal experience with in the past. James is a special guy who did special things here but from that standpoint you’ve got to move on.”"