Najee Harris Sep 22, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) jogs before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

It’s safe to say that former Alabama Crimson Tide star running back Najee Harris hasn’t been quite as effective as he and the Pittsburgh Steelers would have hoped during his second NFL season.

So far this season, Harris has just 222 yards and a touchdown on 69 carries for an atrocious rushing average of 3.2 yards per carry. In Pittsburgh’s 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Harris had just 20 yards on 11 carries for less than two yards per carry.

It’s been quite a struggle for the young running back through five games this season, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed it on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that he believes Harris’ offseason injury is at least partially to blame for the subpar production.

“He missed some time in team development and that may be a component of him finding or not finding rhythm,” Tomlin said on Tuesday, according to Pro Football Talk. “Probably it’s just reflective of kind of where we are. It’s tough to analyze individual components when things unfolded the way that they unfolded from a collective perspective.”

Harris will have a chance to get back on the right track this week with a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

[Pro Football Talk]