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James Harrison set to go under the knife

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Despite recording a sack, Steelers linebacker James Harrison was unusually quiet during the Super Bowl.   One reason may have been an injury that was bothering him.

Harrison revealed on his Twitter account that he’s undergoing surgery on Monday and will be “down” 4-6 weeks.

While the linebacker doesn’t reveal what the surgery is for, he injured his shoulder against the Ravens in the Divisional Round.  NFL.com’s wire reports indicated Harrison will undergo surgery on his right shoulder.  (Although it’s possible they are just putting two and two together.)

The injury could help to explain Harrison’s relatively quiet game.  We focused in on Harrison for much of the game through our binoculars and he dropped into coverage far more than usual, and wasn’t that effective when he rushed the passer against Chad Clifton.

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  1. drumbug7 says: Feb 13, 2011 2:49 PM

    James Harrison set to go under the knife.

    In related news, Goodell fined Harrison $25,000 (later to be reduced to $10,000) for illegal dulling of the knife.

  2. nybeez80 says: Feb 13, 2011 3:11 PM

    Oh good another article making excuses for the Steelers losing in the superbowl.

  3. quittsburghsquealers says: Feb 13, 2011 3:16 PM

    “Going under the knife”?

    A lobotomy, perhaps?

  4. henrypuppyhead says: Feb 13, 2011 3:17 PM

    Replacing the roid pump.

  5. bengalsown says: Feb 13, 2011 3:27 PM

    Do the NFL and it’s fans a favor, and don’t wake up.

  6. halftermguv says: Feb 13, 2011 3:39 PM

    The number of injuries to both Pittsburgh and Green Bay is astounding. If you include the playoffs, GB played 20 games and Pitt 19. How can anyone reasonably expect teams to add an additional 2 games to a season and not have the quality of the game suffer?

  7. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 3:43 PM

    Every time I hear another Steeler is having surgery, all I can think of is Sidney Rice. Glad to know our guys are being aggressive in managing their injuries now so they’ll be ready to go when needed.

    We’ll get back a healthy Colon, Pouncey, Harrison, Polamalu, Sanders, and Roethlisberger. If we address our issues at o-line and DB in the draft and free agency, we’ll be in excellent shape for the 2011 season … unless Goodell and Smith screw everything up.

  8. sundaysundaysunday says: Feb 13, 2011 3:52 PM

    Or maybe, just maybe…he got manhandled

  9. sacram3ntal says: Feb 13, 2011 4:12 PM

    Harrison is among a number of Steelers who will be having a procedure known as an
    excuse-oscopy this offseason.

    It’s a minor procedure, used to clear out lingering blame from getting owned in a big game.

  10. jc1958cool says: Feb 13, 2011 4:15 PM

    is ray lewis going to help with this one?

  11. worsethingss says: Feb 13, 2011 4:18 PM

    For a Lobotomy?

  12. nilesbrowns says: Feb 13, 2011 4:56 PM

    See, he’s not dirty. He always went helmet-to-helmet because he had a bum wing. He’s lucky the doesn’t have to do with a broken neck.

  13. goombar2 says: Feb 13, 2011 5:16 PM

    sacram3ntal-

    If that existed, don’t you think the first person lined up would be Cutler?

    Deb-
    Sidney Rice has a contract with the vikes… If the guy could get out of losing for a few weeks can you really blame him?

  14. sacram3ntal says: Feb 13, 2011 5:24 PM

    halftermguv says:
    Feb 13, 2011 3:39 PM
    The number of injuries to both Pittsburgh and Green Bay is astounding. If you include the playoffs, GB played 20 games and Pitt 19. How can anyone reasonably expect teams to add an additional 2 games to a season and not have the quality of the game suffer?
    **************

    Yep- agreed on all points. Goodell’s credibility takes a hit everytime he insists that “the fans want an 18 game schedule”.

    I think it’s ridiculous; in fact I wouldn’t mind one less preseason game and each team getting 2 bye weeks in a 16 game season, to be totally honest.

  15. 8man says: Feb 13, 2011 5:28 PM

    Deb says:
    Feb 13, 2011 3:43 PM
    We’ll get back a healthy Colon…
    ———————————————–
    Yes Deb, my dear, it’s good to have a healthy colon….

  16. tobiasjodter says: Feb 13, 2011 5:51 PM

    Not surprised at all… I knew he was hurt after that play chasing Flacco out of bounds… if I recall Tomlin said after the game when asked, “He’ll be miserable, but he’ll be fine.”

  17. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 13, 2011 5:59 PM

    Interesting that the article is making “excuses” for James Harrison’s play, considering, you know, that he isn’t.

  18. youboettcha says: Feb 13, 2011 6:10 PM

    Great picture you decided to use.

  19. ncoolong says: Feb 13, 2011 6:13 PM

    sacram3ntal says:
    Feb 13, 2011 4:12 PM
    Harrison is among a number of Steelers who will be having a procedure known as an
    excuse-oscopy this offseason.

    It’s a minor procedure, used to clear out lingering blame from getting owned in a big game.

    _______________________________

    ba bum CHING! He’ll be here all night! Don’t forget to tip your wait staff!

    I don’t recall hearing or reading any Steelers player making excuses for the loss. The last one who ever would is Harrison. Clifton’s a damn good tackle, and Rosenthal’s well-trained and ground-breaking scouting aside, Harrison going into pass coverage had more to do with the personnel Green Bay put on the field. The plan was to rush Woodley, and force Rodgers over to the defensive left side.

    Rosenthal’s binoculars might have picked up the fact Rodgers only threw in Harrison’s direction twice all game, and never to the guy he was covering. I dunno, maybe he’s good in pass coverage, so they had him cover….?

    Besides, he dropped into coverage maybe three or four more plays than he has throughout the playoffs, and most of the regular season.

  20. ncoolong says: Feb 13, 2011 6:15 PM

    EDIT: Defensive right side, not left

  21. axespray says: Feb 13, 2011 6:21 PM

    man, talk about a misleading title….

    I thought James Harrison was pulling a “Terminator” and slicing himself up so he can fix his laser eye or metal claw…..

  22. mswravens says: Feb 13, 2011 6:32 PM

    T Sizzle played against the Steelers in the playoffs a couple years ago with only one arm, his one shoulder was already injured & essentially useless in the game – and he rocked!…sacked Ben twice…

    Just sayin…

  23. ravensj5 says: Feb 13, 2011 6:41 PM

    Deb said…Healthy Colon….

    While I agree it is always good to get guys healthy….it seems like Troy is hurt all the time….Ed Reed seems like he has something going on all the time as well.

  24. sacram3ntal says: Feb 13, 2011 7:05 PM

    ncoolong says:

    ba bum CHING! He’ll be here all night! Don’t forget to tip your wait staff!

    I don’t recall hearing or reading any Steelers player making excuses for the loss. The last one who ever would is Harrison.
    **************

    LOL yeah, sometimes the lamer the joke, the more I crack myself up.

    We all know Harrison’s a beast, and the Steelers themselves- Tomlin in particular- have refused to make excuses for the loss. Nor should they; it was a hard fought game, and they went down swinging.
    Steelers front seven was as good as advertised- just couldn’t quite take the game over when the Packers faltered, and couldnt overcome the weak links in the secondary.

    To be fair, Clifton did handle Harrison one v one last year too though- might just be one of those things. (Flozell ate up Matthews for the most part this game too, for example. It happens to the best of them. )

  25. pghsteel412 says: Feb 13, 2011 7:13 PM

    bengalsown says: Feb 13, 2011 3:27 PM

    Do the NFL and it’s fans a favor, and don’t wake up.

    oh you mean like chris henry???

  26. raidernation666 says: Feb 13, 2011 7:39 PM

    Probably to remove that extra tear duct.

  27. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 13, 2011 7:55 PM

    Good though predictable job by the hater-morons trying to turn the routine reporting of an injury into whining.

    What we should be focusing on is the stupidity of adding two more games to the schedule, the pet project of the fool running the league.

  28. lawboy2000 says: Feb 13, 2011 7:58 PM

    I’m just a bit confused on the guidelines any comments on the Steelers need to follow in order to avoid being labeled as “excuses.”

    Observations about how their play affected the final results are just that: observations about their play. When the final score is less than a touchdown, it is pretty clear that one team’s failures were as essential to the outcome as the other team’s successes.

    Both teams made mistakes and both teams made plays. In the end the net results of the Packers’ play put them on top – whether it was dropped passes or interceptions.

    This game was close enough that had one or two plays gone differently the final score could have been a Packers blow-out or a Steelers win. Talking about those plays – or the overall performance of the Playmakers in the game – is not about making excuses, it is about appreciating how even this matchup was and the thin line of potential that both teams danced around.

  29. richm2256 says: Feb 13, 2011 7:58 PM

    @Deb; you might want to add a QB who can come through in the clutch to that wish list.

  30. Deb says: Feb 13, 2011 9:13 PM

    Yes, boys … I’m sure James Harrison has scheduled an unnecessary surgery to pretend he has an excuse for Green Bay’s defense forcing three turnovers and Pittsburgh losing by six points. :roll:

    @ravensj5 …

    It’s true that both Troy and Ed have had their share of injuries, but I’d rather watch Polamalu and Reed for 12 games than ordinary safeties for 16. They are supermen ;)

    @richm2256 …

    You mean a QB that can come through in the clutch the way Roethlisberger did on the final drive of SBXLIII? Thanks … we already have one of those. Not even the best QB wins every game. Didn’t you learn that in SBXLII?

    @goombar2 …

    Yes, I can blame Rice. His selfishness is one reason his team had that bad year.

  31. steelcurtainn says: Feb 13, 2011 9:17 PM

    Well that explains it all the pack get lucky again.

  32. dmobey says: Feb 13, 2011 9:45 PM

    Apparently in a bathroom is not the only place Ben chokes.

    ************************************
    richm2256 says:
    Feb 13, 2011 7:58 PM
    @Deb; you might want to add a QB who can come through in the clutch to that wish list.

  33. footballrulz says: Feb 13, 2011 9:53 PM

    OK people, SB’s over, players are tired & beat up & hopefully getting ready for next year. GB had a phenomenal year (as well as absolutley shocking) if any GB fans will admit it. Time to let it go, enjoy the win & look forward to next year. I think that’s exactly what the guys that actually play the game are doing…..

  34. jc1958cool says: Feb 13, 2011 10:17 PM

    actually he’s probably doing now while he still has insurance! they’ll have to pay for all the rehab too, surprised more guy aren’t !

  35. brockington42 says: Feb 14, 2011 11:10 AM

    The usual excuse: Harrison is held on every play.

    Did he play in the SB? I don’t remember hearing his name. If so, was he held on every play?

  36. Deb says: Feb 14, 2011 5:16 PM

    @brockington42 …

    I have repeatedly posted a response to your comment about Super Bowl turnovers on the “Steelers had a rough stetch” thread since this morning.” The post has been repeatedly deleted by the site’s censors. I’m going to try posting it following this comment … and leave it to you to try and guess why the moderators on the other thread repeatedly deleted it. This site gets a lot of external media attention. Maybe it’s time someone started writing about the types of things being censored and questioning the agenda behind those decisions. It’s difficult for me to understand why they’d want to pull a post from a Steelers fan complimenting the Packer defense.

  37. Deb says: Feb 14, 2011 5:18 PM

    @brockington42 …

    Here’s the response I wrote to your post on the “Steelers had a rough stretch” thread this morning.” The moderators have repeatedly deleted it, so I’m going to try to post it here instead. Perhaps the moderators on this thread won’t find a discussion of defensive football so offensive.

    @brockington42 …

    Sweetheart, can you read? I said our offense was flat, our defense was flat, and our special teams were flat. So nowhere did I suggest that we were on top of our game but for oops! these inexplicable little fumbles. I saw the flatness when the Steelers ran onto the field and knew it was going to be a long night. The only Steelers I felt played well were Legursky and Hines Ward, although it’s not Wallace’s fault that Ben overthrew him. Our defense had a bad night. Roethlisberger had a terrible night. I’m proud they actually made a game of it.

    And no, darlin’, I don’t think turnovers just happen. I know a lot of female fans are all caught up in those high-flying quarterbacks. But I was raised on Bear Bryant and the Steel Curtain. It’s all about smashmouth running and defense for me. I’ve been giving your defense credit because I know they created the turnovers and shut down any chance for the kind of magic final drive we had in SBXLIII.

    Legursky handled Raji, but Matthews was brilliant in playing Roethlisberger (which shows what film study can do). That first pick six was a combination of pass rush and a savvy, opportunistic free safety who followed Ben’s every move. Think about the score. That play was the difference in the ballgame. If I’d gotten to pick the MVP, Matthews and Collins would have shared the award. But then, if I’d gotten to pick the MVP in SBXLIII, it would have gone to James Harrison.

    I’m not selling your offense short, but giving credit where it’s due. Dom Capers has done a fabulous job with your defense–and I would expect no less. Kudos to Kevin Greene and Darren Perry, too. Don’t know why anyone would be offended to hear their defense praised. But like I said, I’m a defensive fan.

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