Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports Thursday via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison told him today that he will play Sunday against the New York Jets. Harrison was listed as not practicing on the Wednesday injury report, but was seen running on the side.
#steelers James Harrison tells me he will play Sunday. We'll see
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 13, 2012
Head coach Mike Tomlin said during his Tuesday press conference that Harrison was going to run Wednesday at that they hoped to increase his activity level as the week progresses to see how his knee responds. “we will see where he is,” said Tomlin. “We will follow the same protocol we did with him last week. We will work him up to activity and see how his knee responds to that activity and let that be our guide in terms of his participation.”
Harrison was inactive for the opener Sunday night against the Denver Broncos after saying that he was still feeling some irritation in his left knee that he had a procedure done on in the middle of August. “No, it\’s just sore,” Harrison said last Friday after practice. “The soft tissue just hasn\’t healed up.”
Hopefully Harrison is able to practice at least on a limited basis today and fully on Friday. Should he wind up being out again against the Jets, either Chris Carter or Jason Worilds would get the start at the right outside linebacker spot. We shall see what the Thursday injury participation report tells us later on today.