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Steelers RB Najee Harris will play in Wild Card game vs. Chiefs on Sunday

We break down the news that Najee Harris is dealing with an elbow injury, and what it means for the Wild Card round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) rushes as wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) blocks Baltimore Ravens free safety Brandon Stephens (21) during overtime at M&T Bank Stadium. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday update: Harris has been removed from the injury report and will play in the Wild Card game on Sunday vs. the Chiefs.

Friday update: Harris was a full participant in practice on Friday, per Brian Batco of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The rookie running back will have a questionable designation heading into Sunday.

Thursday update: Harris didn’t practice on Thursday, but Mike Tomlin says he will go on Friday to see if he can play Sunday night, per Joe Rutter.

Wednesday update: Harris did not practice on Wednesday for their Wild Card matchup with the Chiefs on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters on Tuesday that rookie running back Najee Harris has been aggressive with treatment for an elbow injury that he suffered in last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, per ESPN’s Brooke Pryor. Tomlin added that Harris will be slow in the beginning of the week and that his participation will be the guide at the end of the week.

Fantasy football implications

Harris picked up the injury in the first half of last Sunday’s game against the Ravens, but still managed to be a factor out of the backfield for Pittsburgh. The rookie running back had 28 yards on 11 carries, along with four receptions (four targets) for 27 yards.

The Steelers cannot afford to lose Harris for Sunday night’s wild card game as he’s been a huge part of their offense. This season, the rookie has 1200 rushing yards and seven scores to go along with 74 receptions (94 targets) for 467 yards and a touchdown. If he’s limited in any way, we could see some carries for veteran Benny Snell.