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James Harrison not expected to play Sunday against Jets

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Early in the day, James Harrison was confident.

After missing yet another practice, however, there’s less reason for the Steelers to be.

Harrison isn’t expected to play this week with a slow-recovering knee, creating a problem for the Steelers against the suddenly hot Jets offense.

“I’m great, I’m full go, I’m playing on Sunday. Run it.” Harrison said at noon yesterday, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Then he added: “I’ve been known to lie.”

Troy Polamalu (calf) didn’t practice either, though there seems to be more optimism about his condition.

Harrison had a knee scope on Aug. 15, casting immediate doubt on his status for the first few games.

“He’s not a happy camper,” linebacker Larry Foote said.

“I can’t imagine how much it’s bothering him,” nose tackle Casey Hampton said. “I think he thought he would be back by now, so I think that’s making it a lot tougher on him.”

With other guys, it’s easy to declare “next man up,” but the Steelers pass-rush looks a little toothless without him. He and LaMarr Woodley had nine sacks each and both missed time with injuries, but still represented more than half the team total of 35.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Foote said. “His presence, his leadership, and we know pound for pound he’s probably one of the strongest guys in the NFL and his is a physical, strong game.”

But until his knee’s strong enough, which it apparently isn’t yet, we won’t see it.

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9 Responses to “James Harrison not expected to play Sunday against Jets”
  1. jathomas724 says: Sep 14, 2012 7:56 AM

    So is that harrisons photo for all time now?

    Once was hilarious, this time it’s kinda funny.. but it’s definitely something that’s gonna get old.

  2. karla36 says: Sep 14, 2012 8:04 AM

    I wanna see Tebow go deep against them again…what a great game that was!!!

  3. arlingtonsynn says: Sep 14, 2012 8:08 AM

    That picture is begging for some photoshop love.

  4. txxxchief says: Sep 14, 2012 8:20 AM

    It looks like he’s been training to eat one of the those two foot long hotdogs.

  5. apmn says: Sep 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    Is he eating an invisible $5 foot-long in that picture?

  6. dayumyou says: Sep 14, 2012 9:18 AM

    But until his knee’s strong enough, which it apparently isn’t yet, we won’t see it.

    ______________________________

    REALLY????

  7. ravenator says: Sep 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    Haha wow is this guy old and overpaid. Tends to happen when the GM has no idea how to manage a payroll

  8. meytonpanning says: Sep 14, 2012 11:40 AM

    Looks like he’s eating a giant invisible sub.

  9. starchybunker says: Sep 14, 2012 11:44 AM

    I apologize in advance to Mr Harrison for what photoshoppers are going to have him doing in that picture…

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