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Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 12:55 pm
 
James Harrison won't play against the Titans, and he may be out for a while. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gets points for honesty. During his weekly Tuesday press conference, he pretty much laid it out there: "We're gonna need the support of our fans."

He mentioned this in reference to the team's slow start, but also fresh off the news that the Steelers will be without outside linebacker James Harrison, who suffered a right orbital fracture around his eye socket in the loss to the Texans (it may have happened on the play in the video below), for "a number of weeks." It gets worse: Harrison's backup, 2010 second-round pick Jason Worilds, is listed as doubtful with a quadriceps injury.

So the plan, at least for now, is to move inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons into Harrison's position and have veteran Larry Foote start inside next to James Farrior. Tomlin also said that rookie Chris Carter and second-year linebacker Stevenson Sylvester could also see time. 

We've previously documented that the offensive line is in shambles, so much so that last Sunday quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left Reliant Stadium in a walking boot and on crutches. If there's a silver lining, it's that X-rays on Roethlisberger's foot showed that it wasn't broken, just sprained.

"It may limit him early in the week but we expect him participate in this football game," Tomlin said.


Given how the first month of the season has unfolded, and under the current circumstances, having Roethlisberger on the field might be the Steelers' best chance at winning, even at Heinz Field. The problem, of course, is that if the offensive line goes pass-blocking optional, Big Ben might leave the game in pieces.

If the Titans are one of the early surprises of the 2011 season, the Steelers are certainly one of the most disappointing, and some of that can be traced to injuries. But as Lou Holtz once said, "Don't tell people your problems -- half of them don't care and the other half are glad you got 'em."

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Comments

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

Sounds like the people in here crying arent Steeler fans, but fans of teams that suffer the wrath of the Steelers

I dont hear James crying, I just here you little babies trying to stir an empty pot



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

Can't wee a suspension on this hit by Duane Brown.  Like has been mentioned earlier, it's not much different than what Hines Ward does all of the time.  When blocking, the rules are different that when making a tackle on a "defenceless" QB or WR...

Ther NFL deems the QB and WR defenceless when in the process or making a throw or recieving a catch. 

I've always said it's a bit of a double standard that Hines can block using his helmet as a weapon, but I've never understood why people blame him for it.  He does it because the rules allow it.  No different than Brown on this play.



Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

First off brown should be fined for that hit if he was a LB and did that hed have given up 15 yds and be fined. Second i can hear it now the steelers fans are going to be crying about how refs and the NFL hate them. The third and final thing is orbital injuries suck i know i had one with a concussion i hope Harrison a speedy recovery and hope that he isnt concussed



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

Not Duane Brown, that receiver. I think it was Dreesan?

But regardless, it is irony. 



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

It's a shame you guys don't understand football.


LOL
I understand football quite well thank you.  And I understand Karma.  This is football karma.   



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

So Duane Brown get fined for the helmet to helmet hit? I mean it's only fair Undecided.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

Maybe hines ward should blind side you...its football...hell lets put flags on them



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

Oh....they understand football....fairy football. 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

"Well, maybe Goddell has a point afterall...." 



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Harrison out with orbital injury, Ben might play

Time to get out the eggs and bacon, Steelers might be toast.


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