PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – In his weekly “VESLA 360 Injury Report” exclusively on 937thefan.com, former Pittsburgh Pirates trainer Frank Velasquez takes a look at the Steelers Week 4 Injury Report.

In this week’s injury report, Velasquez focuses on the injuries sustained in last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers, particularly the sprained MCL of rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier and when we can expect to see him back out on the field again.

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“He missed this full week, they probably spent time giving him treatment, I’m sure he didn’t practice all week,” Vesla said. “One week down getting the swelling down and then after next week, it’s about functionality.”

Velasquez went on to say that depending on the grade of the sprain, Shazier could be back in two-to-four weeks.

Velasquez also weighed in on Ike Taylor’s broken forearm and the recovery time is for an injury like that.

“The bone takes at least four-to-six weeks to heal,” according to Velasquez. “You keep the rest of his body in shape, once he’s able to start running, lifting his legs again, I would be surprised if it was much more than six weeks.”

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One non-injury issue for the Steelers, Velasquez looked at is the re-signing of James Harrison and how long it will take before his conditioning is game ready.

“I would be very surprised if Mr. Harrison was going to play week one,” Velasquez told us. “See what we have week two, I think backup role. Start feeding him some time two-to-three weeks. Four weeks, he’s probably full go as a backup if Coach Tomlin wants to use him.”

Click the audio link below to hear Velasquez also discuss the wrist injury to linebacker Jarvis Jones and how long his recovery period will be.

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