James Harrison could be out until October
By now, it's assumed that Steelers linebacker James Harrison won't play Sunday against the New York Jets. Pittsburgh, however, might be without the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year until October.
According to a tweet by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac, Harrison isn't expected to play until after the team's Week 4 bye. Under that timetable, Harrison would be back for the Oct. 7 game against the Eagles.
Harrison is officially listed as questionable for today's game even though he didn't practice all week.
In his previous five seasons, Harrison has only missed five games because of injury. If this report is correct, Harrison would be sidelined for the first three games of the 2012 season.
Harrison, 34, had arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 15 even though the injury had sidelined him during offseason workouts in the spring. Since the 2007 season, the Steelers are 5-2 without Harrison.
Last season, when Harrison missed five games (four due to injury and one because of a suspension), linebacker LaMarr Woodley picked up the slack in Harrison's absence with 7.5 sacks.
He didn't practice at all this week. I've never known the NFL to be a league where you can't practice all week, yet be ready to play A GAME on Sunday. It's wishful thinking.
I personally would love to see the timeline as shown above (not returning 'til after bye week). Giving Harrison (an older player) what amounts to a shortened season could serve to keep him fresh all the way through a presumed playoff run.
I also, despite my eyes watching last week, want to see Chris Carter succeed. Giving him another opportunity to swim (or sink) would be good for him, if not the team.