Harrison thinks he will be ready for opening night
Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Steelers linebacker James Harrison streches with Max Starks at St. Vincent College Aug. 12, 2012
Steelers linebacker James Harrison thinks he’ll be ready to play in the season-opening game Sept. 9 in Denver, even though he hasn’t practiced in pads since last season.
Harrison has been on the physically unable to perform list with a left knee injury since training camp started July 25. He tried doing conditioning work shortly after camp began but, in his words, “the knee blew up” and he needed arthroscopic surgery last week.
Harrison will try working each day to see how his knee feels. He doesn’t believe he needs much on-field time to be ready.
“I might need a little prep, we got a couple of new things (on defense), but other than that I think I’ll be all right,” Harrison said Tuesday. “You’ve got to get back in timing with the other guys and everything else, and a few days of practice would help.”
As for any long-term problems with the knee, Harrison isn’t concerned because he was told the surgery would repair the damage.
“I’m not worried about it,” Harrison said as the Steelers resumed practicing at their South Side complex. Training camp ended Friday, two days before they beat the Colts 26-24 in a preseason game.