Report: James Harrison will not play Sunday night

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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.

22 responses to “Report: James Harrison will not play Sunday night

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. @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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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