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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — While most of the attention at Steeler headquarters Tuesday centered on returning receiver Mike Wallace, who will resume practicing with the team next Monday, the Steelers took another step–two, in fact–toward getting healthy at linebacker.

The team announced James Harrison and Jason Worilds have been removed from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Harrison had been recovering from recent arthroscopic surgery to remove an irritation in his knee, while a wrist injury hampered Worilds during training camp.

Had Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler, stayed on the list, he would have been forced to miss at least six weeks of regular season time. Although his status for the season opener in Denver Sept. 9 is not definitive, he remains insistent he’ll start on defense for that Sunday night contest.

Worilds, his third-year backup at the outside spot, played in 12 games last year, making 27 solo tackles and 3.0 sacks.