Woodley doesn’t see impact of losing Harrison

LaMarr Woodley rarely disappoints during his appearances on NFL Network. Whether it’s taking a shot at Joe Flacco, sharing his innermost thoughts on Carson Palmer or questioning his own ranking on NFL Network’s “The Top 100: Players of 2011”, the Steelers linebacker leaves an impression, one way or the other.

This time around, though, Woodley’s critique — perhaps inadvertently — was directed at teammate James Harrison.

The Pittsburgh defense has been dogged through the early weeks of the season for not being what most expected — as in fast, physical and big on forcing turnovers. That the Steelers are playing without Harrison, who’s on the shelf with a broken eye socket, would seem to be a major loss for the suddenly less-than-imposing defense.

Right, LaMarr?

“It hasn’t really affected us at all,” Woodley said of Harrison’s absence. “We put Lawrence Timmons at outside linebacker, moved Larry Foote at inside linebacker, guys that have started in those positions before. Timmons is definitely coming around; he’s doing a great job of rushing off the edge and doing a great job in the run game. From week to week, Timmons is starting to improve and when guys go down, you just expect other guys to come in and make plays. He’s been doing that.”

Sure, Woodley was propping up the play of Timmons. But one can’t help but wonder if Woodley also was delivering a message.

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