Steelers Injury Report: Harrison, Polamalu, Mendenhall & Sylvester All Out Against Raiders

The Friday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is in as Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reports via Twitter that linebacker James Harrison (knee), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) all are out for the game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Wide receiver Mike Wallace (groin), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee), running back Jonathan Dwyer (toe), tight end Heath Miller (abdomen), tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin) and quarterback Byron Leftwich (illness) are all listed as probable after practicing fully. Tackle Mike Adams (back) is listed as questionable.

With Harrison and Polamalu still sidelined, the Steelers figure to once again platoon Jason Worilds and Chris Carter at the right outside linebacker spot, while Ryan Mundy will start once again at strong safety.  Dwyer is reportedly suffering from some sort of turf toe problem, but did practice fully on both Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday. While Sylvester was able to practice this week, it appears that his season debut will come after the bye week. The same goes for Mendenhall, who has been practicing fully for some time now.

  • Chris92021

    This is all very smart on the part of Coach Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers. I am not a huge fan of the early bye week but at least for Troy Polamalu and James Harrison (and Mendenhall too), it works out in their favor. If this was late in the season and we had a playoff berth on the line, you can bet Troy would probably play. However, given that the Raiders aren’t showing any real signs of progress and their offensive play has been putrid, we can probably get away with not playing Harrison and Polamalu once again this week.

    BTW I wish all teams would play at least 5 games before we get into the byes. Byes after week 3 is just asinine and will likely cause further injuries.

  • Brendon Glad

    It would be interesting to see who was in Pittsburgh during voluntary workouts and who wasn’t…I remember an odd state on polamalu where he gets injured when he doesn’t train in Cali. And I believe he was in Pitt this time again. And it seems like the guys who train in Florida stay healthier too. Maybe the Steelers offseason program leaves something to be desired…it would be interesting to see if there is a pattern.

  • Brendon Glad

    Obviously we get one to five o-lineman injuries a year where a partner gets blown up and falls into another man’s leg….those are a different issue so we wouldn’t count those (smh)

  • Brendon Glad

    I agree. Don’t understand why they don’t condense it to 4 weeks or 6 in the middle. Either 4 of 8 teams or 5 of 6 teams and then 1 with 2 teams…probably cuz it would make fantasy fb owners mad. That’s the only reason I can think of. But as it sits this year, it may be kinda nice this year…especially if they can beat an inferior raider team on the road (which unfortunately is easier said than done, cuz they ALWAYS have been inferior in my lifetime but the wins in Oakland have never been easy to come by. Probably because Al Davis turned God into a raider fan after 1972-6 during Steeler games by threatening litigation…:-) but much love for AL. He was a great carrier of the pro football torch. May he rest in peace but with a minor roll in the grave this sunday

  • Brendon Glad

    Bad grammar…”they inferior in my life” meaning “Oakland raiders inferior to Steelers in my life” ill give em the LA wins cuz they were better then… but not the Oakland trips. They and the titans get some good home mojo when the Steelers come to town…but maybe Al and God settled once they had a sit-down in the infinity cafe