Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Thursday morning that Bill Parise, the agent for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, has admitted that his client has suffered yet another setback with his left knee.
It was reported on Wednesday that Harrison left the Steelers practice facility prior to the team working on Wednesday after his knee did respond well to the work he received Tuesday in practice. Harrison had posted his optimism Tuesday night on Twitter that Wednesday would be a key day for him as he looks to return from a knee procedure that was performed in mid August.
“It\’s a little bit of a setback,” Parise said via the report by Bouchette. “Hopefully, it\’s not something that will derail our plans.”
Harrison has practiced very sparingly since the first week of OTA\’s that took place this past summer and he has yet to practice fully two days in a row thanks to his left knee not cooperating. This latest setback could mean that linebacker might need another procedure done, and perhaps even the dreaded micro fracture surgery, which at his age would be tough to overcome.
With the Steelers now off until next week, we will have to wait until Tuesday until head coach Mike Tomlin will can be asked about the prognosis of Harrison moving forward. This latest setback all but guarantees that the linebacker will not play a week from Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, and you have to wonder at this point if the former defensive player of the year will ever play another down for the Steelers ever again.
In the meantime Jason Worilds and Chris Carter will most likely share time at the right outside linebacker spot moving forward.