May 22, 2009

The 2-year-old son of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital Friday after being bitten by the family's pit bull, according to WTAE Channel 4 Action News.

The station's Web site described the injuries as "severe, but non life-threatening." A representative of Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh declined to comment on the report, while Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten released a statement saying "We express our concern for his family and hope that everyone involved makes a complete recovery."

Harrison's agent, William Parise, told The Associated Press that Harrison's son was attacked after his mother let the dog out of its pen on Thursday. Parise also said Harrison was not home at the time, but was alerted after the incident.

An animal control agency has since removed the dog. McKees Rocks-based Triangle Pet Control Services told WTAE it will keep the dog for 10 days before putting it down.

Harrison made news recently for declining to attend a White House ceremony with his Super Bowl-winning teammates. He stayed true to his word, skipping Thursday's trip to meet President Barack Obama at the White House. "I don't feel the need to go, actually," he told Pittsburgh station WTAE-TV. "I don't feel like it's that big a deal to me."

Harrison explained his decision by claiming the invitation wasn't all that special. He said if the Steelers hadn't beaten the Cardinals 27-23 with a last-minute rally, "He (Obama) would have invited Arizona."

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