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Najee Harris cleared to play in Week 14 vs. Ravens

The Steelers running back is dealing with an oblique injury this week. We break down the potential fantasy football impact.

Najee Harris #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 04, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Harris was removed from the final injury report and thus has no injury designation for Sunday.

Friday update: Harris told reporters on Friday that he’ll play in Week 14 on Sunday vs. the Ravens. Harris was back at practice on Thursday in a limited capacity and may also carry a questionable tag into this weekend. Even so, we can count on Harris playing and getting a normal workload.

Thursday update: Harris was back at practice on Thursday as limited with the oblique issue. It seems Harris will be fine for Week 14 vs. the Ravens. The Steelers worked in Benny Snell Jr. and even WR Steven Sims in the run game last week. So long as Harris is active, we should expect around 15-20 carries.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris didn’t practice on Wednesday due to his oblique injury. The good news is that Harris missed last Wednesday with the same injury and eventually was cleared and played a full game against the Falcons. He rushed 17 times for 86 yards and looked good doing so. His 5.1 yards per carry were he best number so far in a game this season.

Fantasy football implications for Week 14

The Steelers take on a Ravens run defense that has put up good numbers against running back this season. They’ve allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points and fifth-fewest yards per carry to running backs. Harris, as long as he plays, will likely need to find the end zone to be a good play and he’s had a lot of trouble doing that this year with just four rushing touchdowns. The good news is that three of those have come over the last three games. He should remain a fantasy start this week unless we hear he’s had a setback and can’t play.