Defense attorneys will tell you that the longer a jury deliberates, the better the chance is that their client will get off on whatever he is being charged with.
So it seems to be with Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
Harrison had his appeal conference call with Ted Cottrell on Wednesday at 2 p.m. And more than 24 hours later, Cottrell still had not made a ruling on Harrison's suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland's Colt McCoy.
It would seem that if Cottrell was inclined to go along with the league's suspension, he would have already made an announcement in that regard.
But the longer Cottrell considers the appeal, the more it appears he is looking for a way to rescind the suspension without leaving the league with egg on its face.
© Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu and Maurkice Pouncey did not practice again on Thursday.
And that's OK. As long as they can get on the field by Saturday, they will be OK to play Monday night at San Francisco.