Tomlin defends using Harrison as emergency long snapper in loss to Giants

Updated: October 28, 2008, 5:03 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin vigorously defended his decision to use Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison as an emergency long snapper, a move that may have cost the team its key game against the Giants on Sunday.

Tomlin denied Tuesday the team didn't have an emergency snapper ready after Greg Warren tore a knee ligament, saying two linebackers -- Harrison and James Farrior -- practiced the specialist's role.

"James snaps at least once a week, every week since ...

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