Report: Harrison Won’t Play Sunday

By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — After conflicting reports, it appears Steelers linebacker James Harrison will not be available to play Sunday against Baltimore.

On Monday evening, 93-7 The Fan’s Steelers insider Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Harrison would be ready to play Sunday. His agent, Bill Parise, said, “unless something happens, he will play this week.”

That was later disputed by Harrison, who tweeted that he is cleared for practice but won’t be ready to play Sunday. Harrison suffered a broken orbital bone in a 17-10 loss at Houston Oct. 2.

If linebacker Lamarr Woodley is unable to play Sunday as well — he injured his hamstring in the second half Sunday against New England and did not return — the Steelers would likely be forced to start rookie Chris Carter, Stevenson Sylvester, Larry Foote and Lawrence Timmons at linebacker.

Linebacker James Farrior has a torn calf that could keep him out for a month.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will address these and other injuries today in his weekly press conference, which can be heard live on Sports Radio 93-7 The Fan.

  • Steelers Likely Without 3 Starting Linebackers Sunday « CBS Pittsburgh

    […] for another week as well. Harrison has been cleared for practice this week, but doctors say he will not be available to play Sunday. Accordingly, Farrior has a calf injury that Bouchette says could keep him out for as much as a […]

  • Injury Report: Farrior, Harrison & Woodley Practicing « CBS Pittsburgh

    […] Harrison added that he hasn’t had contact since returning to practice and he doesn’t expect to be cleared for that type of action this week. He tweeted earlier in the week that he won’t be cleared to play on Sunday. […]

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