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Surgery could be coming for James Harrison

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Brian Urlacher may not be the only big-name linebacker to get an unexpected surgical procedure on a balky knee before the regular season commences.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison could be getting arthroscopic surgery on his knee, according to his agent, Bill Parise.

Via Timesonline.com, Parise explained that Harrison could emerge from the Physically Unable to Perform list within the next week.  Then, if the swelling in his knee continues, Harrison could have the operation in the hopes of being able to suit up and play when the Steelers face Denver in three weeks and four days.

“He’s just working through the process,” Parise said.  “If you see him, he’s probably as fit as he’s ever been.  He looks great.  His attitude is great.  Right now, it’s just a matter of him getting that knee better.”

Last time we checked, the knee is a pretty important joint.  And as James gets deeper and deeper onto the wrong side of 30, his body won’t respond like it used to.

Even for a guy on the right side of 30, Parise’s timeline seems more than a little optimistic.  So Harrison will start practicing less then three weeks before the opener, he’ll get surgery if the knee still swells up, and he’ll be ready to play by September 9, despite no meaningful training camp or preseason?

In the end, Parise may not want Harrison to be healthy before Week One.  If he passes a physical and thereafter doesn’t get injured, the Steelers could (not will, could) decide to save $5.565 million, if they think the defense will be fine without him.

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15 Responses to “Surgery could be coming for James Harrison”
  1. farty5 says: Aug 15, 2012 8:59 AM

    That’s the problem with breaking on to the scene at 29 years old…

  2. donterrelli says: Aug 15, 2012 9:05 AM

    He needs to be ready for Week 1, so he can deliver that crucial hit to Pey-Pey.

  3. holeinone09 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:15 AM

    Not sure why it took this long to get to the point of considering arthroscopic surgery, I guess they were hoping it would heal itself. But if he needs it, then get it out of the way early and salvage most of the season. He is too important a piece of the defense to have a lingering issue with his health. Seems fairly minor, only question is when he will be in full playing shape. Will probably take a few games to shake off the rust.

    Somewhat ludicrous for MF to think the Steelers would cut him or do something else to save his $5.6M. This so far does not sound like a major thing, and Harrison is still a beast when healthy. He and Woodley coming at the QB pose a huge threat.

  4. Steeler's Will-enator says: Aug 15, 2012 9:32 AM

    If he passes a physical and thereafter doesn’t get injured, the Steelers could (not will, could) decide to save $5.565 million, if they think the defense will be fine without him.
    =================
    Yah, and monkeys could (and do) fly out of my butt.

  5. bigdaddydooko says: Aug 15, 2012 9:36 AM

    “Right now, it’s just a matter of him getting that knee better.”

    Middle age is always thinking that in a week or two you’ll feel better than ever.

  6. broncosnative says: Aug 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    donterrelli says: Aug 15, 2012 9:05 AM

    He needs to be ready for Week 1, so he can deliver that crucial hit to Pey-Pey.

    Don’t get too over yourself, he couldn’t even get to tebow and he takes a long tine to get rid of the ball. That’s what happens when you spend your whole career hard hitting, its finally catching up with him and guess what, his hard hitting days are behind him. Can’t believe that a douche like you prefer to see someone get crucially injured than enjoy the game of football. You’re evil, you’re not a real football fan, stay away and leave the posting for the real mature fans

  7. broncosnative says: Aug 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    donterrelli says: Aug 15, 2012 9:05 AM

    He needs to be ready for Week 1, so he can deliver that crucial hit to Pey-Pey.

    Don’t get too over yourself, he couldn’t even get to tebow and he takes a long time to get rid of the ball. That’s what happens when you spend your whole career hard hitting, its finally catching up with him and guess what, his hard hitting days are behind him. Can’t believe that a douche like you prefer to see someone get crucially injured than enjoy the game of football. You’re evil, you’re not a real football fan, stay away and leave the posting for the real mature fans

  8. citizenstrange says: Aug 15, 2012 11:08 AM

    If the Steeler defense slips from #1 in the entire NFL to #5 or worse they won’t make the playoffs.

    Those 13-9 wins are Roethlisberger’s bread and butter.

  9. geezohman says: Aug 15, 2012 11:41 AM

    you say.. for a guy on the wrong side of 30 (years old)..

    I wonder how old Peyton is… I hope James is not back for the first game… for Peyton’s sake

  10. Bubby Brister says: Aug 15, 2012 12:04 PM

    I’m starting to wonder if citzenstrange and ravenator are bots, because I swear to god they copy and paste the same comments over and over again on every Steelers post. It’d be one thing if they made any sort of useful argument, but it’s just obsessive trolling without anything to actually back it up. Meanwhile, I try to make actually thought out posts every day but half of my them don’t get through just because I disagree with the writer of the article or something.

    Maybe I’ll have start posting things about Billy Cundiff and how the Ravens team is falling apart.

  11. ravenator says: Aug 15, 2012 12:41 PM

    This just in, Steelers front office has paid out aging, injury prone, declining talent, over the hill, not coming back, enjoy the memories, players. They will watch the next five years be cap hell as dead money hits their books and their draft picks dont succeed (DeCastro, Adams).

    ..Bot chomp!

  12. jjackwagon says: Aug 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    I guess his cheapshotting ways are coming home to roost.

  13. eeerockski says: Aug 15, 2012 1:57 PM

    First off let me say that I hate to hear about anybody getting hurt, even if they don’t play for my team. But on the bright side, this should end the moronic comments about James Harrison breaking Mannings neck in week one. Karma can be a female dog, sometimes.

  14. steelersownyou says: Aug 15, 2012 3:06 PM

    Harrison will end manning’s career with 1 shot…so it is said..so it is written. And it shall come to pass..

  15. sorryimbusypolishingmy6lombardis says: Aug 15, 2012 3:47 PM

    Now would be a great time to see what the Steelers have in Jason Worilds. Unfotunately, he’s injured again too! Fortunately, there is Chris Carter, who looks like another BEAST to keep the tradition going!!!

    Yeah, too bad about all those aging Steelers on defense with no younger backups, right all you fans that know nothing about the Steelers at all?!? And yeah, I’m looking right at you ravenator.

    And I see by your comment ravenator, you secret Steeler fan you, that you found yet another STEELER story to obsess over!!!

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