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Bengals LB James Harrison ill heading into Pittsburgh homecoming on Sunday night

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Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs past Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison (92) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) (The Associated Press)

Linebacker James Harrison is the latest Bengals trying to get healthy in time for the next game. And this one means a little more to the former Pittsburgh Steelers star.

Harrison was one of three Bengals who missed practice on Thursday because of an illness spreading through the team. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis missed a second day of practice, and linebacker Vontaze Burfict also was out.

It'll be a homecoming for Harrison when the Bengals (9-4) play in Pittsburgh (5-8) on Sunday night. He left Pittsburgh after he and the Steelers failed to get an agreement over a restructured contract. His role in Cincinnati has been expanding late in the season.

Harrison has two sacks and one interception.

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