James Harrison Injury: Updates on Steelers Star's Week 3 Status

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2012

LATROBE, PA - JULY 29:  James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers snaps in his chin guard during training camp on July 29, 2011 at St Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are likely going to be without their star linebacker for the third straight week.

UPDATE: September 21 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

ESPN's John Clayton reported that the Steelers will be without three of their top players for the Week 3 game against the Oakland Raiders.

 

Troy Polamalu (calf) and James Harrison (knee) are out for the Steelers. So is RB Rashard Mendenhall.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) September 21, 2012

 

This will be the third-straight game that James Harrison will miss, but this could be a good chance to rest the veteran. Oakland has scored the second-fewest points in the NFL through two games and should be able to handle the struggling attack defensively.

Pittsburgh has a bye next week, so the team should hope the former Defensive Player of the Year will be able to return to the field in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, James Harrison has little chance of suiting up and playing on Sunday, when the Steelers match up against the Oakland Raiders on the road.

Harrison has yet to play a single snap in the current season, and his last appearance came back on January 8 of this year, when the Steelers fell to the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos.

Since then, the five-time Pro Bowler underwent surgery on his right knee and has been out recovering.

The two-time Super Bowl champion is known as one of the most violent and hardest-hitting players in the NFL. When he’s on the field, he leads by example and has the Steelers defense absolutely crushing their foes.

Not having Harrison on the field has certainly had both an emotional and tangible impact.

In the season opener, the Pittsburgh D gave up 253 yards and two touchdowns to Peyton Manning. They also let up 94 yards on the ground and another TD.

While they shored up against the New York Jets in Week 2, the team still has a lot of room to improve.

Harrison, who has 547 tackles, 58 sacks, 27 forced fumbles and five interceptions during his career, is likely not going to be able to come back until after the team’s crucial Week 4 bye.

Hopefully that extra week of rest will do Harrison and the rest of the Steelers some good, and that they can come back in Week 5 fully healthy and ready to go.

Keep it tuned to B/R for the latest news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on James Harrison and his possible return to the Steelers lineup.