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The 33-year-old Harrison has eight sacks this season despite missing a month with a fractured right orbital bone and dealing with persistent back issues.

He’s been quiet this season following a turbulent spring in which he took shots at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, calling Goodell a “crook” and a “devil.”

Harrison later apologized, saying his comments were “inappropriate,” though both he and his teammates have been critical of the league’s crackdown on what it considers dangerous and overly aggressive play.

The Steelers were the only team in the league to vote against the new collective bargaining agreement in August, citing the lack of a proper appeals process regarding fines and suspensions as one of their main concerns.

Now Harrison will need to rely on that process to have his suspension reduced. The odds of a successful appeal are small. Shell declined to reduce the two-game ban given to Detroit Lions nose tackle Ndamukong Suh after Suh stomped on an opponent’s arm last month.

Though there has been an emphasis to play by the rules, the Steelers have been fined at least 13 times for illegal hits this season. Safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 after being flagged for helmet-to-helmet hits in successive weeks.

Tomlin refused to take issue with the fines or the penalties and doesn’t believe it will affect the way the NFL’s second-ranked defense plays the game.

“I’m not ready to paint with that kind of brush at this juncture,” he said. “We’ve got a job to do.”

For the next week, it appears the Steelers will have to do it without Harrison.