Harrison activated off PUP

Posted on July 29, 2008 
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The Patriots just announced they have removed Rodney Harrison from the PUP list. Here’s the release they issued moments ago:

The New England Patriots removed safety Rodney Harrison from the PUP list today. Harrison is participating in the Patriots’ 5:30 p.m. practice at Gillette Stadium this evening.

Harrison, 35, is in his 15th NFL season and his sixth season with the Patriots. The 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound safety has played in 180 career games with 153 starts for the San Diego Chargers (1994-2002) and the Patriots (2003-07). He is the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks by a defensive back (30.5) and is the only player in NFL history to have recorded at least 30 sacks and 30 interceptions in his career (30.5 sacks and 33 interceptions).

After spending the first nine seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers, Harrison was signed by the Patriots as a veteran free agent on March 12, 2003. In Harrison’s first two seasons in New England (2003-04), he was the Patriots’ leading tackler each season and led all NFL defensive backs in tackles both years. He set a career high with 140 tackles in 2003 and followed that with a 138-tackle performance in 2004. He also led the Patriots in tackles in the playoffs during both the 2003 and 2004 seasons. After playing in three games in 2005 before missing the remainder of the season due to injury, he returned to start 10 games in 2006. Last season, Harrison started 11 of 12 games and all three playoff contests while totaling 67 tackles (52 solo). His 22 tackles (16 solo) in the 2007 playoffs ranked second on the team, one shy of team leader Tedy Bruschi (23). In nine playoff games with the Patriots, Harrison has recorded seven interceptions, totaling the most playoff interceptions in Patriots history.

In his 14-year career, Harrison has totaled 1,166 tackles (896 solo), 30.5 sacks, 33 interceptions for 361 yards and two touchdowns, 113 passes defensed, 14 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries for 16 yards and a touchdown and 57 special teams tackles.

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