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James Harrison has back surgery

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A week after Steelers linebacker James Harrison had his back surgery delayed due to an infection/illness, Harrison finally has undergone the procedure.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the operation was a “success.”  (We’re still awaiting the day on which the announcement of a pro athlete’s surgery consists of this:  “He got butchered.”)

“Everything went great,” agent Bill Parise told Bouchette.  “The consensus was no one could figure out how he could play through the season.  It was significant but textbook.  The surgery went exactly as they wanted it to.  James’ recovery should be complete.”

Per Bouchette, Dr. Joseph Maroon removed a piece of herniated disc off a nerve.  The condition reportedly had been bothering Harrison all season, even though he never appeared on the injury report as having a back issue — and even though the “probable” designation means that an injury exists but the player is virtually certain to be available to play.

For example, Pats quarterback Tom Brady has been “probable” for years with a right shoulder injury for which he never has had a single surgery.

As to any Steelers fans who became convinced after years of arguably favorable treatment that the league office has it in for the home team, the NFL could investigate the situation and impose fines if it’s determined that Harrison’s back injury was hidden.  If/when the NFL doesn’t, we hope you’ll factor that into any future claims that Roger Goodell secretly hates the city that sits 30 miles from the town where he went to college.

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22 Responses to “James Harrison has back surgery”
  1. flavordave says: Feb 21, 2011 4:06 PM

    Dont worry big fella, you wont feel a thing from those two extra games a season.

  2. cmich2006 says: Feb 21, 2011 4:13 PM

    Oh good lord

  3. umbskinsfan says: Feb 21, 2011 4:15 PM

    i wonder if he went to sleep for a little bit…thats football

  4. steelersmichele says: Feb 21, 2011 4:19 PM

    Wow. For as much as you have been “reporting” and now “confirming” this story, you’d think Harrison is the ONLY player having surgery in the off-season. He isn’t.

  5. hobartbaker says: Feb 21, 2011 4:21 PM

    The tiny object removed from the top of Jamse’ spinal column turned out to be his brain. There should be no discernible effect on his future performance.

  6. dkhhuey says: Feb 21, 2011 4:22 PM

    The doctor not only successfully completed the surgery, he was able to also scalpel Roger Goodell off Harrison’s back.

  7. citizenstrange says: Feb 21, 2011 4:24 PM

    Roger Goodell secretly hates the city that sits 30 miles from the town where he went to college.
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    Clown or Barber?/Simpsonsed

  8. holdthemayo123 says: Feb 21, 2011 4:26 PM

    Actually, Brady has had surgery done on his right shoulder.

  9. bw82b says: Feb 21, 2011 4:26 PM

    Was the surgery to remove the knife that Goodell had repeatedly plunged into his back?

  10. johntonioholmes says: Feb 21, 2011 4:32 PM

    “As to any Steelers fans who became convinced after years of arguably favorable treatment that the league office has it in for the home team, the NFL could investigate the situation and impose fines if it’s determined that Harrison’s back injury was hidden. ”

    Arguably favorable treatment? Just watch 2008 game tape, Mike. The Steelers went 13 straight games without a holding penalty being called on the opposing team.

    Harrison and Woodley combined for 27.5 sacks; they were easily the most dynamic pass rushing duo in the league; the defense was one of the best to play in the last decade–they went 14 games without giving up 300 yards of offense; and one holding penalty was called on the opposing offense for the entire season. Just one.

    That’s statistically anomalous; even if they were BAD pass rushers playing on a BAD defense, they would incur more than one holding penalty.

    Favorable treatment? They can’t even get the holding penalties to get properly called.

    Plus this article seems to suggest that the absence of a league inquiry justifies that notion that the Steelers receive favorable treatment. If that’s the case, then the Pats, who admittedly screw with the injury report, would also be getting favorable treatment, seeing as how there has not been a major inquiry into their questionable tactics.

    I thought you were a lawyer…

  11. SteelTown6 says: Feb 21, 2011 4:37 PM

    So whatever happened to “Ticketgate”?

  12. waccoforflacco says: Feb 21, 2011 4:42 PM

    Will an NFL related surgery EVER b anything else…like it was a total failure and the guy will be paralyzed for life.

    The only exception is when a Brown’s player has surgery in Clevelan…FREE staph infection at no extra charge.

  13. steeltownpride says: Feb 21, 2011 5:00 PM

    If an injury doesnt make the player miss any time from games or practice it doesnt need to be reported . Its plain and simple and truly a non story, story .

  14. profootballwalk says: Feb 21, 2011 5:21 PM

    Pretty soon Steeler Fan will be poisoning the trees in Roger Goodell’s front yard. And then talking about it on the radio.

  15. fatfreddystubbs says: Feb 21, 2011 5:22 PM

    Am i missing something? Why does the fact that he went to college 30 miles from Pittsburgh mean he can’t have anything against the city?

    I mean, I don’t know if he does or doesn’t, but I’m originally from Philly and I have plenty of friends that went to Pitt, yet hate the Steelers and Penguins.

    On the flip side, i’m sure there are plenty of students at Temple and Penn and Villanova that hate the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers.

  16. steelersmichele says: Feb 21, 2011 5:23 PM

    “the NFL could investigate the situation and impose fines if it’s determined that Harrison’s back injury was hidden.”

    Hopefully the league conducts its investigation after March 4th.

  17. stairwayto7 says: Feb 21, 2011 5:54 PM

    Goodell went to college?

  18. Deb says: Feb 21, 2011 6:44 PM

    Nuts, Mike. The Steelers have never gotten favorable or unfavorable treatment. If it’s in Goodell’s interest to suspend Roethlisberger but to ignore Vince Young and Brandon Underwood, that’s what he does. If it’s in his interest to make an example of Harrison, that’s what he does. Stop acting as though all Steelers fans think everything revolves around us. Some of us see Goodell exactly for what he is: an expedient man with a plan.

    Be happy for the monotony of successful surgical reports. I’ve had surgeries that went wrong. Would never wish that on anyone–especially not an elite athlete.

  19. jcdavey2011 says: Feb 21, 2011 6:54 PM

    i’m not a steelers fan, and while i do like the job goodell’s doing overall, i hope the doctors were succesful in removing the nfl from harrison’s back

  20. dmobey says: Feb 21, 2011 8:12 PM

    Arguably?

    Water is “arguably” wet.

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    As to any Steelers fans who became convinced after years of arguably favorable treatment

  21. Canyonero says: Feb 21, 2011 8:31 PM

    Wow, he was probably in a lot of pain. A herniated disc hitting a nerve is no fun!

  22. goldsteel says: Feb 22, 2011 12:32 AM

    Roger Goodell lives in his own little world.

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