Steelers 2017 Week 10 Injury Report: Mitchell Limited Wednesday; Harrison Sidelined

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon on the road at Lucas Oil Stadium and on Wednesday the team released their first injury report for Week 10 after practice had concluded and it includes very good news as only two players are listed on it.

Limited on Wednesday was safety Mike Mitchell (Achilles), who suffered his injury in the second half of their Week 8 game against the Detroit Lions. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Mitchell was shut down during the bye week and that he would be revved back up this week. If Mitchell is ultimately unable to play Sunday against the Colts, then safety Robert Golden might be the one to start in his place.

Not practicing on Wednesday was linebacker James Harrison (back) and it will be interesting to see if he’s able to work the remainder of the week and ultimately play against the Colts. Tomlin did not mention Harrison during his Tuesday injury update.

Not listed on Wednesday’s injury report were defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back), tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and tight end Vance McDonald (knee) and that’s great news. Tuitt and Gilbert missed the Steelers last two games with their injuries while McDonald missed the Week 8 game against the Lions. On the surface, it appears as though all three players will return Sunday against the Colts.

  • Still a really healthy group. *knock on wood* But it seems as though the 22 original starter thing may be pushed back another week if Mitchell can’t go.

  • pittsburghjoe

    How in the heck did James hurt his back? LIfting the cup during a recent drug test?

  • SeventhHeavan

    Probably threw out his back from squatting 600 pounds. It doesn’t matter cause Tomlin won’t play him anyways. Best pass rusher on the team but sits on the bench all year…genius.

  • DirtDawg1964

    He had five sacks in each of the last two seasons and 5.5 three seasons ago. Hardly world beating figures. Heyward already has 5 sacks in just eight games and Watt has four.

    Harrison was our best pass rusher. But that was almost six seasons ago.

    If he deserved a starting spot he’d have one.

  • SeventhHeavan

    Nah. I disagree. Let me reiterate. He’s our best pass rushing linebacker. Dupree and Watt disappear for games at a time. IMO Harrison is still and more disruptive and smarter than Bud & TJ. Just cause he’s not starting doesn’t mean he can’t play. Coaches don’t always make the right decision.

  • Reader783

    We play on Thursday next week too, so they might even consider shutting people down for that game too if there is any doubt

    Also let me double your sentiment: *knock on wood*

  • Reader783

    We have 4 OLB ahead of James though…You can make a good argument for Watt and probably a solid argument for Bud to get most of the reps, but it gets pretty darn hard to justify Harrison riding pine for Chickillo and Moats to play special teams.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think getting Micky D going can jump start this offense.

  • Froggy

    Much as I respect and admire James Harrison, it is pretty clear that his career has reached about its end. The noteworthy thing is that he’s lasted so long. When he left town for Cincinnati in 2013 I thought that he was about through — I wasn’t upset to see him go because I had gotten tired of him seeing him two steps behind TEs in pass coverage. That he was able to come back and be a solid contributor for three more years is nothing short of amazing to me, but all good things must come to an end.

  • WB Tarleton

    Remember, the argument (wrongly, IMO) by nearly every Steeler fan over the last decade has been that the team does not give youth the reps and makes them ride the pine. We do the opposite with Harrison and now are getting the complete opposite complaint.

    Watt, Bud, and Chick should all be getting reps over James. Maybe not Moats, but we are talking about very few snaps at that point anyway.

    At this point, I think James’ biggest weakness is his pass coverage, no small item in this pass happy league. He is still our best run stopper at the OLB position though. The two games I thought he should play more were Jax and Chicago for that reason.

  • WB Tarleton

    But he is our worst coverage OLB and you cannot rush him every time without being VERY predictable.

  • SeventhHeavan

    True. I agree but to not play this guy at all? come on. Maybe put him in on 3rd down and/or goal line situations. I’m sure you witnessed what he did at the end of the game against the Chiefs. He can still be productive. The only reason why I am bringing this up is because our outside pressure sucks.

  • gdeuce

    that Thursday night game is probably the second hardest game left on the schedule

  • Taylor Williams

    He’s still a better pass rusher than Dupree.

  • Steve

    James had back surgery a few years ago. Once you have back problems, it haunts you the rest of your life. Take Care of yourself James and get well.

  • Reader783

    Ya, sounds about right

  • Reader783

    I think experience and having a possible HOF veteran in uniform does a good amount for a team as well. Right now he’s a glorified Joey Porter…he’s pretty much just a coach. I still assume they are saving his legs for the end of the season though, because honestly the philosophy of any team should be “put the best players on the field, age be damned” and honestly James might still be our best OLB, I can at least formulate an argument for that, whether or not it is fact.

  • AndyR34

    And better at setting the edge.