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    Steelers Ready "To Unleash Hell" in October

    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects both linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu to play Sunday when the team hosts the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Harrison hasn't played this season as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, while Polamalu has missed two straight games with a strained right calf.

    "Based on what I am looking at on how we worked [Monday] I think that is a safe assessment," Tomlin said on the team's website. "We will watch these guys as we proceed throughout the week. All guys have performed well and were able to get through practice and we're optimistic that they're going to be full participants."

    In addition, running back Rashard Mendenhall, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Pittsburgh's final game of the 2011 regular season, could make his season debut Sunday.

    "Coming off the bye, I think it's been a productive bye for us," Tomlin said. "We've had the opportunity to work on some elements that we feel like need to be addressed in all three phases. At the same time we were able to get some of our injured men back."

    http://www.bradenton.com/2012/10/02/...#storylink=cpy

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    It will be good to get these 3 back on the field.

    This week is a massive game for us. 2-2 or 1-3, huge game!!!!!

    Hopefully with Harrison and Polamalu we get our defense ROLLING!!!!!!!
    Don't Forget to bring a Towel

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    Bye a good break for Steelers

    By F. Dale Lolley,
    10/2/12

    PITTSBURGH – Taking a few days off during a bye weekend might have been just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Steelers defense.

    Literally.

    Both Troy Polamalu and James Harrison were back at practice Monday for the Steelers as they returned from their four-day weekend and began preparation for their game Sunday at Heinz Field against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    The practice for Polamalu was his third consecutive since the Steelers (1-2) lost, 34-31, at Oakland Sept. 23. The All-Pro strong safety hasn’t played since suffering a calf strain in the Steelers’ Week 1 loss at Denver.

    Harrison, meanwhile, returned to practice Monday after working last Tuesday and sitting out Wednesday. The All-Pro linebacker is attempting to return to the field for the first time this season after undergoing minor knee surgery in August to remove loose cartilage.

    It’s no secret that having a pair of former NFL defensive players of the year – Harrison won the award in 2008, Polamalu in 2010 – could be a big boost for a defense that has struggled thus far this season. “We will see once we all get on the field together,” said Polamalu, who needs one interception to reach 30 in his career. “There are some other new faces out there that have become starters. It’s about how all 11 guys are playing together.”

    With Polamalu sitting out the past two games, Ryan Mundy has started at strong safety. Meanwhile, the Steelers have rotated Chris Carter and Jason Worilds at outside linebacker in place of Harrison.

    Without two of their best playmakers on the field, Pittsburgh’s defense has struggled, particularly on the road, where it has allowed opponents to score points in eight of nine second-half drives.

    “Getting off the field on third downs is a big issue for us, as well as red zone defense,” said Polamalu. “We just have to make better adjustments on the field in what we see and anticipating what we are going to get from an offense.”

    The Steelers rank 30th in the league, permitting opponents to convert 48.5 percent of their third downs, and have given up nine scores on 10 trips by opponents inside their 20.

    Part of the reason for the trouble on defense has been a lack of overall pressure. The Steelers have just five sacks in their first three games, putting them on pace for 27. That would be their fewest since they had 19 in 1988, a season that ended with a 5-11 record.

    The return of Harrison, who had nine sacks in 11 games in 2011, could certainly help that. “We have to make more plays. We do have to get more pressure,” said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. “It’s a team situation. In any close games, a play here or a play there makes the difference. We have to be the ones making those plays, which in the two losses we weren’t.”

    Odds and end zones

    Running back Rashard Mendenhall continues to practice fully and appears to be ready to return to the lineup against the Eagles. Mendenhall hasn’t played since tearing his ACL last Jan. 1 against Cleveland. ... The Steelers play two games in the next 10 days, hosting the Eagles this Sunday and traveling to Tennessee Oct. 11.

    http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/...2-steelers-bye

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    With the injuries and the smell that the defense has left in the air the special teams seem to have taken a back seat to criticism.. This area needs some attention too and especially the coverage team. They look like high school kids out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fezziwig View Post
    With the injuries and the smell that the defense has left in the air the special teams seem to have taken a back seat to criticism.. This area needs some attention too and especially the coverage team. They look like high school kids out there.
    I don't recall seeing high school kids suck that bad in kick coverage.

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    Not to be Debbie Downer; but how much impact are we thinking Harrison will really bring to the game? He's been barely able to practice without contact. Now we're expecting him to be able to bull rush guys, or speed rush around them and lay the wood? I don't think he's going to be the cavalry this season. Even if he plays we may still see his poor replacements on the filed a good bit as he gets back into game shape. The ENTIRE D is going to need to step it up to win this game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fezziwig View Post
    With the injuries and the smell that the defense has left in the air the special teams seem to have taken a back seat to criticism.. This area needs some attention too and especially the coverage team. They look like high school kids out there.
    Didn't Tomlin just fire the special teams coach...the one he hired because our coverage teams sucked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    Not to be Debbie Downer; but how much impact are we thinking Harrison will really bring to the game? He's been barely able to practice without contact. Now we're expecting him to be able to bull rush guys, or speed rush around them and lay the wood? I don't think he's going to be the cavalry this season. Even if he plays we may still see his poor replacements on the filed a good bit as he gets back into game shape. The ENTIRE D is going to need to step it up to win this game.
    I agree. Been thinking the same thing in regards to Harrison and Troy. Both are probably 75% of what they were when they won D player of the year honors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh View Post
    I agree. Been thinking the same thing in regards to Harrison and Troy. Both are probably 75% of what they were when they won D player of the year honors.
    Good...75% of two different DPsOY will be a tremendous boost to the defense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    Not to be Debbie Downer; but how much impact are we thinking Harrison will really bring to the game? He's been barely able to practice without contact. Now we're expecting him to be able to bull rush guys, or speed rush around them and lay the wood? I don't think he's going to be the cavalry this season. Even if he plays we may still see his poor replacements on the filed a good bit as he gets back into game shape. The ENTIRE D is going to need to step it up to win this game.
    He may be able to have an impact against Demetress Bell. The Eagles brought in the former Buffalo LT (who is reportedly Karl Malone's son) to replace another former Buffalo LT Jason Peters (on I.R.), but he struggled so much in camp and preseason that he was benched in favor of the crappy King Dunlap. Now Bell only has the starting LT job back because Dunlap got hurt.

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