James Harrison Not Sure If He Will Play Sunday Night Against Broncos

Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reported via Twitter on Monday that starting right outside linebacker James Harrison said after practice that he wasn\’t sure whether or not he would be able to play in the opener this coming Sunday at Denver after practice on Monday.

Bires reports that Harrison, who was just removed from the PUP list last week, said Monday that he got through his first practice OK, but added that he sat out the last team period portion of practice.

This is not the news that you wanted to hear, but it is not totally unexpected, as Harrison had the procedure done on his left knee in mid August. The big concern in his first week back of practice is whether or not he experiences swelling in the knee or not. If he does, Harrison might be shut down for a little while. Wednesday will be the key day for Harrison, who most likely will now be forced to sit out the opener.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will hold his regular pregame press conference on Tuesday, and we will have to see if he says anything about the status of Harrison moving forward.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I watched Harrison’s interview on the Steelers website. I got that he is just not sure how his knee is going to respond until tomorrow morning. His bone spur was a relatively minor issue that caused little pain, but which irritated the tissue in his knee and caused swelling approximately 24 hrs after practicing. I didn’t hear anything in there that would lead me to believe he won’t be playing on Sunday. He’s most likely just being cautious at the moment and wanting to wait till tomorrow before proclaiming his knee issue behind him. I don’t blame him.
    Sitting out the last team drill of the day is also likely Tomlin wanting to ease him back into football shape, rather than Harrison not being physically able to complete practice.