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James Harrison has scope done on ailing knee

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On Tuesday night, Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s agent said that Harrison might need to have arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left knee before the start of the season.

That surgery has happened a bit quicker than expected. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Wednesday morning that Harrison was in Pittsburgh to have the knee evaluated and then came back in the afternoon with a report that the scope had been performed. Per Bouchette, the scope “went well” although there’s no word on what that means in terms of recovery time.

Harrison hasn’t practiced in training camp because of the knee issue and he obviously won’t be practicing for a bit longer after having the procedure. That puts his ability to get on the field for Week One in serious doubt and may increase the likelihood that he starts the year on the physically-unable-to-perform list. If that happens, Harrison won’t be eligible to start practicing or playing until the Steelers have played six games.

If Harrison can’t make it back in time, the Steelers will likely use Chris Carter and/or Jason Worilds in his place.

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42 Responses to “James Harrison has scope done on ailing knee”
  1. ravenator says: Aug 15, 2012 4:35 PM

    Colbert shouldn’t of paid this guy

  2. shootscuz says: Aug 15, 2012 4:36 PM

    The Broncos chances of winning week one seem to be getting better and better. Keep holding out Mike Wallace!

  3. hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    I respect everything about the Steelers except Harrison. Such an annoying, dirty football player. Makes me wish Joey Porter was still around because even though he’s a mirror of Harrison, at least he was funny brother.

  4. Stiller43 says: Aug 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    Dont scopes usually take 3-5 weeks? Which would mean week 1-3 of the regulat season? Not sure you have him miss 5 games if he could play in week 1 or 2.

    Then again, having him return part way through could be a big boost and hopefully keep him healthier for the end of the season.

  5. hulkh0gansays says: Aug 15, 2012 4:42 PM

    If you guys had RG3, Ben Rothlisberger would be the best backup QB in the league brother.

  6. joelvis72 says: Aug 15, 2012 4:47 PM

    He’s probably sitting around at home, fighting the urge to “go low” on his own surgically-repaired knee.

  7. bgsusteelers says: Aug 15, 2012 4:50 PM

    Harrison is NOT going to start the seaso on the PUP list. He will be back within the first three games of the season. Hell, there is a chance he can play week 1. I’m more worried about his back then his knee. If his back is healed, then watch out.

  8. pastabelly says: Aug 15, 2012 5:02 PM

    Well, look at the bright side, James. The more games you miss, the less of a chance for more fines for illegal hits. It seems like there are many Steelers on the back nine right now and an unhappy Wallace. Ravens fans are licking their chops.

  9. ltcpain75 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:10 PM

    Did the surgeon perform any procedures on Harrison’s brain while they had him knocked out?

  10. eeerockski says: Aug 15, 2012 5:12 PM

    Gonna be kinda hard to end Mannings career in week one now, doncha think?

  11. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 15, 2012 5:13 PM

    Maybe someone will hit Harrison’s knee as hard as Harrison hits players in the head. That would be freakin’ awesome!

  12. stealersfannot says: Aug 15, 2012 5:14 PM

    Get well soon Harrison.

    We don’t want any excuses when Bal-mur steamroles your candyasses.

  13. stoolerz says: Aug 15, 2012 5:33 PM

    Hopefully Trent Richardson takes out the knee for good when Harrison comes in on a blitz versus the clowns

  14. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 15, 2012 5:40 PM

    Other than Harrison who’s old? Keisel is 33 but has 2 guys under 25 rotating opposite of him. Hamptons out but keep McClendons name in mind this season plus they just drafted Ta’Aamu. Troy, Ike and Clark? Since when is 31 old for players who are playing at a high level?

    Truth is they have Woodley, Timmons, Hood, Heyward, McClendon, Ta’Aamu, Sean Spence, Jason Worilds, Stevenson Sylvester, Chris Carter, Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen all contributing a large amount and all 26 or younger. Just because you haven’t heard of them doesn’t mean they aren’t ready.

    But I do understand people who don’t know who these guys are will say the Steelers are getting old on defense. Lets talk after this season!

  15. sullijo1 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:43 PM

    I assume Ryan Clark is also not playing week one at Denver??

  16. broncosnative says: Aug 15, 2012 5:46 PM

    bgsusteelers says: Aug 15, 2012 4:50 PM

    Harrison is NOT going to start the seaso on the PUP list. He will be back within the first three games of the season. Hell, there is a chance he can play week 1. I’m more worried about his back then his knee. If his back is healed, then watch out.

    Watch out? Harrison is old and slow like Peyton, he was a non factor in the playoff game against the broncos and he’s on the downward of his career. I wouldn’t be surprise if he hung it up after this season

  17. onbucky96 says: Aug 15, 2012 5:49 PM

    Wonder how he’s going to blame Godell for this one…

  18. steelersownyou says: Aug 15, 2012 5:50 PM

    Harrison will be playing week 1 to end manning’s career…don’t worry. That stack of dime neck will crumble like the ravens did in the afc championship game last year!

  19. yinzgotsix says: Aug 15, 2012 5:51 PM

    WASHED UP. His backs in worse shape than his knee. Even if he played week one he wouldn’t touch Manning, Clady would manhandle him.

  20. mwindle1973 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:09 PM

    Everyone saying that he is going to be back week 1 or 3 or whatever. Don’t you think the team will need to put Harrison on the PUP list? If not they have to hold him on the 53 man roster. I think they will need his spot for another LB. That would mean he couldn’t play until game 7 at the earliest. If on the PUP he can’t even practice with the team until they have played 6 games. He’s 25 days out from the opening game. It all really depends on the exact procedure as to the recovery time. But it stands to reason if he hadn’t practiced yet it must have been limiting him a great deal. Which leads me to believe he had to get the knee cleaned out…again…and that is usually a 3-6 week recovery. It’s likely he could be ready to practice in a limited fashion by game 1, but seriously doubt he could be ready to play until game 3. He’s getting older and you just don’t know how well the healing will go either. But the good news is the Steelers have some nice young LBs behind him, they always do, and they will get the job done until he can come back. It doesn’t make them any less dangerous. As a Bengals fan I’m not jumping up and down counting an auto victory if he’s not playing week 7. They have a system and players to fit it, even on the bench.

  21. cannonballdookie says: Aug 15, 2012 6:12 PM

    This should be his last season with the team, I hope it’s a strong one. I appreciate how the Steelers treat their veterans well and don’t cut many players early (Hoke, Smith, Ward, and Hampton have been getting free paychecks), Harrison is breaking down physically and will be far too expensive next season. They always find pass rushing monsters so I’d expect them to figure it out.

  22. jtm12180 says: Aug 15, 2012 6:13 PM

    steelersownyou, fellow steelers fan here. c’mon man, comments like the manning one are just dumb.

    i definitely will agree with you about the ravens one. they all talk smack, but they still haven’t beat pittsburgh in january

  23. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 15, 2012 6:19 PM

    So you mean he’s not going to be able to intentionally injure opposing players for a while?
    This guy is the one player in the league that actually makes Goodell look like a sensible person.

  24. objectivenflfan says: Aug 15, 2012 6:29 PM

    Awww! Hey Steeler fans – guess Harrison won’t be ending anybody’s career week 1… That’s right. Shame on all of you Pitt fans who were writing those exact words for weeks.

    I can already hear the excuses… “We didn’t have Ryan Clark or James Harrison!” “Wallace wasn’t up to speed, he missed the offseason.” “Our o-line is gelling…”

    Speaking of o-line.. Doom, Von Miller, rooke Derek Wolfe (who is destroying people in camp and had 2 sacks against Chicago’s 1st team) vs…. them? Lol – 28-14 Denver.

  25. nivekred says: Aug 15, 2012 6:51 PM

    That is good news for other teams but the bad news is Chris Carter is looking very very good! Steelers just reload!

  26. afreak2u says: Aug 15, 2012 7:36 PM

    Funny how all these haters talk about his hits well I admire how he plays and doesn’t care about what the commish says he even said it will not change the way he plays, he is gonna go out play hard and whatever happens happens, 20 years ago when football was football and u can hit a QB or a receiver without worry of a fine that’s real football not this protect the QB at all cost along with the receiver. He will continue to be aggressive as soon as a player isn’t they get hurt, and maybe blame your teams lack of blocking or your qb lack of getting rid o the ball

  27. fsf7 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:46 PM

    hulkhogansays says: Aug 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    I respect everything about the Steelers except Harrison. Such an annoying, dirty football player. Makes me wish Joey Porter was still around because even though he’s a mirror of Harrison, at least he was funny brother.
    ——————————————-
    Deacon Jones, Dick Butkis, Jack Lambert, Greg Lloyd, Ray Nitschke, Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkis, Mean Joe Greene, Ronnie Lott

    Just examples of players that played with a nasty and intimidating style – guys who weren’t “nice” guys but have historically been glorified and romanticized for their style.

    James Harrison plays the same way in 2008 and he wins DPOY – then in one weekend in October, Roger Goodell starts with fining players left and right and Harrison becomes the poster child for Goodell’s “player safety” movement (which has nothing to do with player safety, but everything to do with litigation)
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    hulkh0gansays says: Aug 15, 2012 4:42 PM

    If you guys had RG3, Ben Rothlisberger would be the best backup QB in the league brother.

    RGIII hasn’t taken a snap and he’s already better than Roethlisberger?

    Ben Roethlisberger’s took home Rookie of the Year in 2004, setting some records along the way – think RGIII will match any of these:
    13-0 – most wins a rookie ever had
    98.1 – passer rating
    66.4% – completion percentage

    Incidentally – Try using the letter o instead of the number 0 in spelling Hulk Hogan’s name.

  28. rockthered1286 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:06 PM

    @steely mcbeam just because you can name the entire defense doesn’t make them any better. I can tell you every backup defender on the ravens d but unless they’ve moved into a starters role save your breathe.

    For example: Paul Kruger was a sack machine last year on situational downs. Moved into a starting role. Look for him to be on top of Ben in the backfield 4 or 5 times this season.

  29. holeinone09 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:25 PM

    RG3 is better than Ben??!! And you expect to have any credibility saying something as foolish as that?

  30. nathanbetz91 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:13 PM

    With him out maybe people will stop suing the league for brain damage

  31. cleveland1980 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:30 PM

    rockthered1286, 5 sacks and 12 tackles for a season doesn’t make Kruger a beast….it makes him slightly above average as a role playing specialist…..

    and anybody that denies that James Harrison plays dirty, is just being dishonest. he is a GREAT player….but a DIRTY player.

  32. thetokyosandblaster says: Aug 15, 2012 9:36 PM

    Does anyone outside of Pittsburgh really think this team can be relevant this season?

  33. jtm12180 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:37 PM

    holeinone09 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:25 PM

    RG3 is better than Ben??!! And you expect to have any credibility saying something as foolish as that?

    1-4

    ————————-

    So four people think an unproven rookie is already better than a QB that has been to three super bowls before his 30th birthday, winning two of them with a chance to win the third in the final 2 minutes. in addition, threw for 4,000 yards last year.

    take your “thumbs down” and stick em UP you know where!

  34. ncbengalmike says: Aug 15, 2012 9:44 PM

    hulkhogansays says:Aug 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    I respect everything about the Steelers except Harrison. Such an annoying, dirty football player. Makes me wish Joey Porter was still around because even though he’s a mirror of Harrison, at least he was funny brother.
    ———————————————————-Yep, that was hilarious when he and six of his funny thig friends assaulted Levi Jones in a casino.

    Good times……………..

  35. sixburghrules says: Aug 15, 2012 9:51 PM

    I am obviously a Steeler fan but any of these athletes that have an injury and wait until just before the pre-season to get it worked on are playing the system. Seems to me that if Harrison had this injury before he should have had it taken care of before now! As a Steeler fan I am losing respect for Harrison! I do believe that there are many players like him though

  36. sixburghrules says: Aug 15, 2012 9:55 PM

    Hulkhogan take your brother ass back too the hood where you belong! Dude you don’t even have a clue crack head!

  37. drgreenstreak says: Aug 15, 2012 10:04 PM

    Just push the tube about 12 inches above that knee and they can scope his brain.

  38. pens5829 says: Aug 15, 2012 10:46 PM

    First post on this article is trolling, insecure Ravenator. Ever notice how he/ she’s the first to post on every Steeler article? What a loser? Get a life!

  39. richndc says: Aug 16, 2012 12:33 AM

    Ya’ll are crazy! lemme loose in that man’s house and I will soil every stick of his furniture, carpet ans sheets too!

  40. csilojohnson says: Aug 16, 2012 12:34 AM

    Harrison is a beast. All you haters need to stop crying foul. He has been vilified by league in an attempt to save face because of concussion lawsuits. Football IS a contact sport. If these recievers dont want to get knocked out, they need to learn how to read coverages, and stop ducking into the hit.

  41. myhornispurple says: Aug 16, 2012 2:31 AM

    Harrison is great. If you dislike him you don’t understand football…And you should concentrate on tennis from now on.

  42. jtm12180 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:26 AM

    richndc says: Aug 16, 2012 12:33 AM

    Ya’ll are crazy! lemme loose in that man’s house and I will soil every stick of his furniture, carpet ans sheets too!

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    ……………..umm, yeah….I bet you’d really “let loose” while Harrison was in the hospital getting the knee scoped, because you wouldn’t have the stones to if you knew he was within 5 miles of his home.

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