Before practice on Thursday, Steelers linebacker James Harrison told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he would be playing on Sunday afternoon against the Jets.
“I’m great, I’m full go, I’m playing on Sunday. Run it,” Harrison said.
Bouchette ran it and then Harrison sat out yet another practice as a result of the knee injury that has kept him off the field for a long time now. Harrison made several promises that he’d be playing in the season opener at the end of August before missing that game, so we’ll just keep taking things with a grain of salt until we actually see Harrison in a uniform during a game.
Harrison’s absence isn’t the only one causing some concern around the Steelers on Thursday. Safety Troy Polamalu was also sidelined during practice because of a calf injury, which led Bouchette’s colleague Gerry Dulac to remark that he wouldn’t be surprised if both veteran defenders missed the game against the Jets.
The concern about Harrison is obviously well justified given how long he has been on the shelf. Polamalu missed many practices last season only to be on the field come the day of the game, so we’re a bit less convinced that he will be out of the lineup as the Steelers try to make good on linebacker LaMarr Woodley’s guarantee of a tie or victory.