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Report: James Harrison will not play Sunday night

William Gay, Cameron Heyward AP

In a piece of good news for Peyton Manning and bad news for Pittsburgh, linebacker James Harrison has reportedly been ruled out for the Steelers’ opener at Denver on Sunday night.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Harrison did not practice for second day in a row and will not play in Denver. Harrison has been experiencing soreness in his knee, and according to Dulac, Chris Carter will continue starting at the right outside linebacker position, where he started all four preseason games. The right outside linebacker is the player who will be rushing at Manning’s blind side in Manning’s first game back after missing all of 2011 with a neck injury.

The Steelers, however, have not officially ruled Harrison out, and he said after his teammates practiced today that he’d “definitely like to play.”

Still, Harrison acknowledged that his knee is bothering him enough that “if the game was today, I couldn’t play.” And it sounds like he won’t play Sunday, either.

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22 Responses to “Report: James Harrison will not play Sunday night”
  1. kattykathy says: Sep 7, 2012 3:42 PM

    At least Harrison will save some fine money by not playing

  2. blackngold4life says: Sep 7, 2012 3:43 PM

    Yeah..its time to find another Starter! Chris Carter gets his chance to put in work

  3. steelersownyou says: Sep 7, 2012 3:44 PM

    Wow manning lucked out big time! Looks like it’s up to woodley to get that neck!

  4. mancinibread says: Sep 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    Yes, good news for Peyton…keep on thinkin’ that :)

  5. succulentnipples says: Sep 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    Sissy.

  6. grudenlikesme says: Sep 7, 2012 3:49 PM

    So in other words, he’ll save some money not using his helmet to tackle this weekend. Dirtbag.

  7. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:50 PM

    and Peyton Manning’s neck just said “thank you Jesus”

  8. steelers4385 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    Hes to old. Mentally hes in it but his body just cant get 100 percent any more. Thanks for the last few years James.

  9. nyyjetsknicks says: Sep 7, 2012 4:06 PM

    He figures that if he hits Peyton late he might need a TARP bailout.

  10. thebigcaptain2011 says: Sep 7, 2012 4:08 PM

    Somewhere the Broncos skill position players are donating a huge chunk of money to their favorite religious establishment.

  11. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 7, 2012 4:22 PM

    Dulac and Bouchette have been wrong so often this year, I don’t trust a thing they are reporting on the Steelers at the Post-Gazette.

    Right now, Paulk at the Tribune-Review is reporting that Harrison will be a game-time decision, and he’s stuck with that story with his updates all afternoon.

    Got to go with the Trib on this one – Dulac and Bouchette just don’t have much credibility at this point. I’m wondering if the Steelers feed them bad information in order to pay them back for running with the “Arians was fired” story back in January/February.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 7, 2012 4:28 PM

    Steeler excuses ensue, as Ike Taylor gets called for a blatant cheap shot and they swear the refs cost them the game.

  13. ravenator says: Sep 7, 2012 4:30 PM

    This guy is so over the hill. Basement dwellers this team will be

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    andrewproughcfe:
    You make a valid point about the Pittsburgh Sports media, but really the only person on the Steelers who feeds the local media “bad information” is Roethlisberger. Yet, they still kiss his ass and protect him from even a shred of criticism.
    Roethlisberger makes his media worshipers look like fools at least six times a day. Guess they deserve what Roethlisbger gives them.

  15. charlies1batch says: Sep 7, 2012 5:06 PM

    The standard is the standard. Carter played well all preseason filling in for Harrison and I expect him to do more of the same on Sunday night. No one is giving Pitt a chance in this game. I’m more concerned with Clark missing the game than Mendenhall or Harrison

  16. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 7, 2012 5:48 PM

    @bobzilla – I disagree – Ben is known for having a chilly relationship with the Pittsburgh writers and newscasters, and for refusing to talk to them much outside of formal and controlled press conferences or post-game media interactions.

    Most likely, Arians was the “insider” for Dulac and Bouchette, and they lobbed a few bombs at Steelers’ HQ when Arians’ contract was not renewed after the Denver fiasco. That would play into the idea that the Steelers are having a bit of fun at their expense, feeding them false and misleading information, while giving better info to the guys at the Trib and to guys like Mike Bires at the Beaver County Times.

    Certainly seems that way – look at how many stories Bouchette and Dulac have missed on so far this year, like claiming they had inside information that Mike Wallace was on the trade block the morning after Antonio Brown’s signing, only to have Colbert come out immediately that afternoon to state that Wallace would not be traded under any circumstances. Why would you go to press with a story like that only to get publicly embarrassed within a couple of hours? They missed on the DeCastro injury, claiming that he had torn both the ACL and MCL and was done for the season. They ran hard early with the idea that Haley wouldn’t be able to get along with anyone, and yet Haley’s been building great relationships by all accounts. In nearly every case, a different reporter at the Trib or the Times or another outlet had the correct data by the time Dulac and Bouchette went to print.

  17. radrntn says: Sep 7, 2012 5:56 PM

    is this the year of the sore knee?

  18. broncosnative says: Sep 7, 2012 5:57 PM

    Give me a break, good news for manning? This is not some punk just starting his career afraid to get hit. Its not like manning said if harrison plays, I want to be benched, bring it on. Don’t care if harrison plays or not, its not gonna change the outcome of the game, manning already has been hit the hardest you can be legally hit by a niner, what more could harrison do.

  19. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 7, 2012 6:06 PM

    The cheap-shot-artist has a bum knee? Poor, poor baby! He’ll get no sympathy from me.

  20. blackngold4life says: Sep 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    Love the haters..COMPLETELY understandable though..if Harrison is over the hill what is Lewis?

  21. milehigh85 says: Sep 7, 2012 6:43 PM

    What is Lewis?
    A freak of nature! This is coming from someone who doesn’t even like the guy…

  22. psgrlinco says: Sep 7, 2012 7:19 PM

    Actually, James posted on his Facebook that he didn’t practice today and that his playing “will be a game-time decision”.

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