The Pittsburgh Steelers are wrapping up their third and final OTA session of the 2012 season on Thursday at Heinz Field and we finally have some clarity now as to why linebackers Jason Worilds and James Harrison have been sidelined.
Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Twitter that Worilds, who has not taken part in any of the three OTA sessions, is recovering from left wrist surgery. Kaboly did not say if the Steelers third year linebacker will be able to take part in the mandatory mini-camp next week or not, but odds are that he won\’t.
Harrison, who has reportedly not practiced since the Steelers first week of OTA\’s, is reportedly suffering from an inflamed knee. I speculated this past week that it might be his back that is giving him problems, but according to Kaboly, that is not the case. Thank God for that. Kaboly reported that Harrison is expected to participate in mini-camp next week and that he has been working on an elliptical machine in the meantime.
After three weeks of organized activities, the best news is that there has been no word of any serious injuries, however Kaboly did note on Wednesday that undrafted wide receiver Connor Dixon out of Duquesne University was spotted wearing a protective boot. On Thursday Kaboly also reported that second year tight end Weslye Saunders has been dealing with leg issues and is also wearing a protective boot.
UPDATE: Ed Bouchette now reports today that Dick LeBeau said that Harrison is all right and just has “a little bit of a pulled muscle.” Harrison evidently told LeBeau that this is the best he has felt in three years according to Bouchette.
UPDATE 2: Worilds had Scapholunate diastasis surgery on his left wrist per Keith Butler.