Report: James Harrison Leaves Steelers Facility Prior To Wednesday Practice

We told you on Tuesday that Wednesday would be a key day for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, and it appears that all might not have gone well today.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports via Twitter that Harrison left the Steelers facility in street clothes before practice on Wednesday. As Bouchette adds, that is not a good sign.

The linebacker took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that he worked fully in practice earlier in the day and that his hopes were that he would be able to go Wednesday as well. The speculation on this end is that the left knee that Harrison had a procedure done on in mid August did not respond well to the Tuesday work.

Right now you have to wonder if Harrison will ever play another down for the Steelers. The team is heading into their bye week and we are unlikely to know more about the situation until head coach Mike Tomlin addresses the media next Tuesday.

I stated a while ago that I was fearful that Harrison might need micro fracture surgery on the knee and I hope that I am wrong in that speculation. Right now things certainly do not sound promising.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Our major problem is we have no one at this moment to take his place. Worlids seems to be a career back up at most and we need to see more from Carter. Robinson was a UDFA…maybe he will step up and be like Harrison

  • JayBirdDC

    Well, it appears this is the end of the line for Jimmy.

  • Koleman Dudek

    How is Worilds a career back up? he has played fairly well in limited snaps.. really just needs to stay healthy. He is a good athlete, still deserves his chance to shine.

  • Pete

    The Steelers have nobody to replace Harrison. Good luck to him but I don’t believe he’s finished. He will still be very productive for a couple more years. Until the Steelers find someone as good or better, I can’t see why they wouldn’t try to bring Debo back.

  • Buccos9

    It would be sad if Harrsion can’t play again. His TD return in the Super Bowl may be the greatest play I’ve ever seen a Steeler make.

  • DoctorNoah

    His coverage isn’t terrible, but his pass rush is just not at all imposing. He lacks both the size and the strength and the moves. I would put Deebo on IR and bring in Robinson on limited snaps as a pure pass rusher, just to create some pressure on the edge.

    The bigger question is what the heck happened to our interior line? Hampton isn’t stuffing the run, and neither Keisel nor Hood seem particularly effective at either stuffing running lanes or creating enough pressure in 3 or 4 man rush situations to give the linebackers a fighting chance in pass coverage. To see Carson Palmer sit in the pocket for 8 seconds before throwing is saddening.

  • Brendon Glad

    You are right way too much….how about u be wrong on this one…pretty please?

  • Steve Duncan

    Heyward needs to replace Hood as the starter. It would be nice to see more of McLendon also.

  • Richard Edlin

    I was worried at the point when De Castro wasn’t immediately put on the IR designated for return as soon as it became available. At that point, you had to wonder why … and the only reason I could come up with is that they thought there was another candidate who’d possibly be back *after* him.

    I know from the podcast that the veteran qualifying contracts are guaranteed for the year. Is Harrison’s? If the Steelers plan on cutting him next year, then IR might not make sense. If this looks like the season is done, then can they save cap space now and/or eat up more of the dead money they’ll face next year by cutting him now.