Orien Harris

Orien Harris Update

Roye to IR: DL Orpheus Roye’s season is over as he was placed on the injured reserve. Crennel said he has an MCL and it should heal on its own and no surgery is currently planned.

"I wanted to give Orpheus some time to see if could improve," he said. "It doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to come back."

To take Roye’s place on the roster they added DL Orien Harris, who was on the Steelers’ practice squad.
Crennel said he wants Roye to return to his form from 2005.

"I think it’s pretty important because Orpheus is one of the more consistent guys on the defensive front," he said. "The thing about this year he hasn’t been totally healthy all year."


Orien Harris Update

Defensive end Orien Harris, their second pick in the fourth round and the 133rd overall in the April draft, was waived, the same fate that happened last year to receiver Fred Gibson, their fourth-round pick.

Harrises watch younger son suit up for Steelers (Orien Harris)

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan and Cordel Harris have been through this routine before: Son becomes football star at Newark High School. Son becomes football star in college. Son gets drafted into the NFL.

The Harrises went through this when Kwame went from Newark High School to Stanford University to the San Francisco 49ers. Now they're going through it again with their other son, Orien, who went from Newark to the University of Miami to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Harrises were at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday to watch Orien play for the Steelers in their 16-7 loss to the Eagles. Last year, they were at the Linc to watch Kwame play for the 49ers against the Eagles.

Harris, a fourth-round draft choice last April, played in the fourth quarter on the defensive line, trying to gain a little more experience, and trying to get a little more of a stronghold in his NFL career.

"It's been harder than I thought," Harris said. "The demands of practice everyday and being a rookie haven't been easy. But I'm trying to learn as much as I can, and I'm enjoying myself."

Orien Harris Update

Rookie DE Orien Harris, a fifth-round pick, has shown flashes in training camp, but he is still learning to adapt to playing defensive end in the 3-4 defense. Harris was a one-gap player in college, and he still wants to play up the field. But the Steelers ask their ends to play like tackles and use more two-gap technique. Harris is quick and strong, but he needs to learn to use his hands better inside.