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lloydroid
09-05-2012, 03:04 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/harrison-practices-hopes-to-play-for-steelers-on-sunday-651834/

I am pleased to hear this, but not totally comfortable with JH's health. He said if the knee swelled up after his first practice that "It's over." We need this guy if they are going to truly contend. There is no replacing a Harrison, unless you have a T Suggs or Ware on your roster and we don't.

hawaiiansteel
09-05-2012, 03:14 PM
There is no replacing a Harrison, unless you have a T Suggs or Ware on your roster and we don't.

not many teams do...

http://d4493f2df0d1b95cfc62-773cd17a86049dd672fafb96394debed.r5.cf2.rackcdn.co m/2012/247/189/james-harrison_original.jpg

costanza2k1
09-05-2012, 03:14 PM
I hope it stays this way otherwise he may be done for his year or even career...

BigRob
09-05-2012, 03:33 PM
I think everyone realizes this is Harrison's last year. Hopefully he makes it a good one.

After this one its goodby Harrison, Clark, and possibly others.

RuthlessBurgher
09-05-2012, 03:55 PM
I think everyone realizes this is Harrison's last year. Hopefully he makes it a good one.

After this one its goodby Harrison, Clark, and possibly others.

...Foote, Hampton, Will Allen...Keisel may have 2 years left in the Black & Gold (his contract expires after 2013).

BigRob
09-05-2012, 04:30 PM
...Foote, Hampton, Will Allen...Keisel may have 2 years left in the Black & Gold (his contract expires after 2013).

I actually think Foote and Keisel will survive depending on how they hold up this year. With Spence's injury and being how thin we are at ILB, Foote may survive if he continues to play decent.

lloydroid
09-05-2012, 04:59 PM
I think with the drafting of Heyward and Ziggy, we will survive if Keisel is done here. Foote is a player screaming to be upgraded to begin with. They sure haven't been missing on young LBs for lack of trying. They have spent many draft picks to re-build it for the future, and none of those dudes are working out, starting with Bruce Davis years ago (Plus Alonzo Jackson fiasco). Worilds, Sly, etc.

Discipline of Steel
09-05-2012, 05:46 PM
Let me be the first to predict that James Harrison is not done now, or at the end of the year.

hawaiiansteel
09-05-2012, 07:08 PM
Ed: Harrison Tells Reporters to Get 'Out of My Face'

WEDNESDAY, 05 SEPTEMBER 2012 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

Linebacker James Harrison, trying to come back from Aug. 15 arthroscopic knee surgery, was limited in practice Wednesday after giving a couple reporters the “A-OK” sign Tuesday regarding his health.

Afterward, he gave reporters a different kind of oral hand signal when he was asked about his health.

“I don’t know, we’ll see. I’ll talk to y’all Friday. Peace out. Out of my face.”

Coach Mike Tomlin, on a conference call, told the Denver media Wednesday that Harrison will play if he makes it through the week ok.

"He practiced Monday and did well," Tomlin said. "He came in and was no worse for wear. We're just taking it day-by-day. I think Monday's work was a positive day, but we'll continue to watch and see where it takes us."

In other injury news, linebackers Larry Foote (left ankle) and Stevenson Sylvester (MCL) did not practice, although Foote should be able to do so today. Halfback Baron Batch (groin) was limited in practice.

Previously injured players who went through a full practice besides Mendenhall and Redman were Keisel (ankle) and linebacker Jason Worilds (wrist).

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/117911-ed-harrison-tells-reporters-to-get-out-of-my-face

aggiebones
09-06-2012, 12:15 PM
I imagine we will wean the team off a few more of those veterans, but not all of them. Whether its Harrison, depends on what happens over the next 4 weeks. We don't need him today, but we need him for a few tomorrows coming up over the next 17 weeks.

Hampton is likely done if Ta'amu progresses. He was a 4th rounder, so he'll have some slack for a season. NT can get jobs by being able to walk, so teams will come for him. I wonder if he will retire a Steeler. I bet he plays 2-3 more years elsewhere.

Foote ain't going anywhere til his contract runs out.

RuthlessBurgher
09-06-2012, 01:17 PM
Foote ain't going anywhere til his contract runs out.

This is the last year of Foote's contract (on 3/15/2010, he signed a three-year, $9.3 million contract, containing $3.9 million guaranteed, including a $1.8 million signing bonus). He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2013.

BigRob
09-06-2012, 01:43 PM
I imagine we will wean the team off a few more of those veterans, but not all of them. Whether its Harrison, depends on what happens over the next 4 weeks. We don't need him today, but we need him for a few tomorrows coming up over the next 17 weeks.

Hampton is likely done if Ta'amu progresses. He was a 4th rounder, so he'll have some slack for a season. NT can get jobs by being able to walk, so teams will come for him. I wonder if he will retire a Steeler. I bet he plays 2-3 more years elsewhere.

Foote ain't going anywhere til his contract runs out.

Harrison will be gone for cap reasons. The cap is going to stay flat for 2013. His contract is just too unwieldy. If he is willing to take a hair cut on his salary, he could stay ala Hampton.

lloydroid
09-06-2012, 02:31 PM
I imagine we will wean the team off a few more of those veterans, but not all of them. Whether its Harrison, depends on what happens over the next 4 weeks. We don't need him today, but we need him for a few tomorrows coming up over the next 17 weeks.

Hampton is likely done if Ta'amu progresses. He was a 4th rounder, so he'll have some slack for a season. NT can get jobs by being able to walk, so teams will come for him. I wonder if he will retire a Steeler. I bet he plays 2-3 more years elsewhere.

Foote ain't going anywhere til his contract runs out.

Foote's contract runs out in 2013.

hawaiiansteel
09-06-2012, 02:35 PM
Foote's contract runs out in 2013.

this is the last year of Larry Foote's contract, he will be a free agent after this season.

phillyesq
09-06-2012, 02:54 PM
Let me be the first to predict that James Harrison is not done now, or at the end of the year.

I'll second that prediction.

hawaiiansteel
09-07-2012, 02:23 AM
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2012

Wednesday news, notes

The Steelers held their second practice of the week Wednesday and it wasn't all good news.

Linebacker James Harrison was limited Wednesday as he continues to work his way back from knee surgery.

Harrison shooed reporters away from his locker after practice, saying he would let everyone know Friday what his status is.

Harrison could still wind up playing, but at this point, it doesn't look good.

On the other hand, Jason Worilds was back as a full participant and looks like he's ready to go. Worilds, who had offseason wrist surgery, is listed as the top backup to LaMarr Woodley, but has more experience than Chris Carter.

@ Isaac Redman was back as a full participant on Wednesday and looks to be ready to go against the Broncos.

Redman said he doesn't know if it will be him or Jonathan Dwyer as the starter in Denver.

@ Linebacker Larry Foote was out today with an ankle issue, but it was just as likely the team wanted to get Brandon Johnson as many snaps as possible at Foote's spot inside.

@ The fact the Steelers haven't done anything with David DeCastro yet in terms of injured reserve tells me that they are indeed looking to bring in a veteran to replace him.

That veteran is likely Trai Essex, despite some reports to the contrary. Right now, they have just three healthy backup linemen. And two of those are rookies Mike Adams and Kelvin Beachum.

I can guarantee you they aren't confident in putting Beachum in a regular season game at this point.

Essex will be back next week when the Steelers won't be on the hook for his entire salary.

posted by Dale Lolley

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sidelines/

hawaiiansteel
09-07-2012, 02:40 PM
Harrison a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest vs. Broncos

http://triblive.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=m$aqW $o5eo2bFVmTJA4y58$daE2N3K4ZzOUsqbU5sYtKFYCAZX45Gxh YKJPY68oCWCsjLu883Ygn4B49Lvm9bPe2QeMKQdVeZmXF$9l$4 uCZ8QDXhaHEp3rvzXRJFdy0KqPHLoMevcTLo3h8xh70Y6N_U_C ryOsw6FTOdKL_jpQ-&CONTENTTYPE=image/jpeg

Steelers linebacker James Harrison streches during practice on the South Side Sept. 3, 2012

By Ralph N. Paulk
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012

Steelers linebacker James Harrison will be a game-day decision for the regular-season opener at Denver on Sunday.

Harrison, still recovering from minor knee surgery last month, did not practice today.

“The knee didn’t feel too good, and they (team physicians) want to let it rest and see if rest will help it,” Harrison said. “They’ll make a decision when the game comes.”

Harrison said he prefers to play, but second-year linebacker Chris Carter is likely to get the start against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Carter, who played mostly special teams last season, played most of the minutes at right outside linebacker during the preseason.

“I’m just trying to stay prepared for any situation that comes up,” Carter said. “I really don’t try to get too involved with what’s going on with James. If he can’t play, then I have to be ready.”

Harrison missed five games last season after suffering a fractured orbital bone against Houston in Week 4. He missed another because of a suspension following an illegal hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy.

It’s a setback for the nine-year veteran who earlier this week appeared confident he would be ready to play. He was held out of practice, partly because of irritation and soreness on his surgically repaired knee.

“There was a little swelling, but nothing major,” Harrison said. “There was more irritation, a little pain and soft tissue hasn’t healed yet.

“If the game was today, I couldn’t play. It’s just sore.”

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2547130-85/harrison-game-carter-knee-linebacker-season-decision-comes-irritation-james#ixzz25nppdeup

BigRob
09-07-2012, 03:12 PM
I'll second that prediction.

Your prediction is not looking to be off to a good start.

Djfan
09-08-2012, 10:53 AM
this is the last year of Larry Foote's contract, he will be a free agent after this season.

He'll look good in a Cardinals uniform.

fordfixer
09-08-2012, 11:09 AM
He'll look good in a Cardinals uniform. Arizona Cardinals, Where old Steelers go at the end of their career

Discipline of Steel
09-08-2012, 11:45 AM
Your prediction is not looking to be off to a good start.

Well remember, people have been predicting James Harrisons imminent demise on this board for a few years now.
Spose someones going to have their lucky guess come through eventually!! Just not this year...:cool:

BigRob
09-08-2012, 02:33 PM
Well remember, people have been predicting James Harrisons imminent demise on this board for a few years now.
Spose someones going to have their lucky guess come through eventually!! Just not this year...:cool:

Bad back, broken orbital bone, gimpy knee... not a hard or lucky prediction to make that he is very close to being done.

He's just not going to be healthy much anymore. Combine that with his Cap hit, limited cap space, and a flat salary cap next year. Becomes clear as a blue lagoon, this is his last year.

Slapstick
09-08-2012, 02:44 PM
Bad back, broken orbital bone, gimpy knee... not a hard or lucky prediction to make that he is very close to being done.

He's just not going to be healthy much anymore. Combine that with his Cap hit, limited cap space, and a flat salary cap next year. Becomes clear as a blue lagoon, this is his last year.

How many games did Harrison miss last year because of that "bad back"?

Also, do you really consider a freak, uncommon injury like a broken orbital bone to be any kind of indicator?