Harrison won't play for Steelers against Baltimore

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Not long after his agent said "Unless something happens, he will play this week," linebacker James Harrison said he will not.

Harrison, in a Twitter message this evening, said that he "Saw the doctor today. Looks like I won't be playing this weekend but at least I'm cleared for practice."

Earlier, agent Bill Prise said "I think that is possible" that Harrison wojuld play against Baltimore Sunday night.

"Unless something happens, he will play this week," Parise said.

Parise said Harrison's eye improved tremendously from Thursday to Saturday and the four-time All-Pro linebacker wanted to play but doctors would not let him.

The bone around Harrison's eye was broken late in the Steelers 17-10 loss at Houston Oct. 2. Lawrence Timmons moved over from inside linebacker to take his place at right outside linebacker the past four games.

Harrison went on to write on his Facebook page: "Worst case scenario, I'll be back after the bye for sure."

If Harrison does not play against Baltimore, the Steelers likely will have three of their four starting linebackers out. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who leads the AFC with nine sacks, has a left hamstring injury that likely will keep him out of Sunday's game. And linebacker James Farrior has a torn calf muscle that could keep him out another month.


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