It is looking very promising that both linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu will suit up Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau warned Thursday that both might not play every snap.
“I’m looking forward to having our defense back together,” LeBeau said Thursday when asked about having the two players back. “They might not be able to play the whole game but we’ll get a lot of quality snaps from them. They both looked real well in the practices the last few days, and I’m anxious to see them play.”
Harrison hasn\’t played a down since the loss to Denver in the AFC Wild Card game last January, so he will likely be eased into the defense slowly over the next few weeks. Polamalu has missed the last two games with a strained calf, but still figures to see a high number of snaps, if not all of them, against the Eagles.
If things go as planned, Sunday will mark the first time since the week 13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals last season that the Steelers have had Polamalu, Harrison, Ryan Clark and LaMarr Woodley all on the field at the same time.