The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at work on Monday following the bye week as they prepare to take on the 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles this coming Sunday at Heinz Field.
Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports this afternoon via Twitter that linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) both practiced on Monday, but that enthusiasm for both should be contained until Wednesday rolls around.
That said, Polamalu, who has missed the last two games due to a strained calf suffered in the opener at Denver, said last week that he is optimistic that he will be able to return to action Sunday against the Eagles, and right now it would be surprising if that were not to happen.
Although Harrison appears to have gotten some work in on Monday, he has yet to put two full practices together all year. Until he accomplishes that feat without issue, he is unlikely to play as he continues to fight a left knee problem that has plagued him for the entire offseason.
Harrison was unable to work back-to-back days last week and even left the Steelers facility prior to the Wednesday practice after he practiced fully on Tuesday. Bill Parise, Harrison\’s agent, admitted later on Wednesday that the linebacker had suffered a setback of sorts.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will meet the media on Tuesday for his weekly press conference and we should get a little better picture as to the status of both players heading into the post bye week of practice.