Harrison: knee 'A-OK,' hopes to play for Steelers Sunday
September 5, 2012 4:15 AM
James Harrison sacks Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson during a game at Heinz Field last season.
By Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
James Harrison signaled today that his left knee came through Monday's practice without any negative reaction.
Harrison practiced for the first time on Monday after missing the entire preseason with swelling in the knee that required arthroscopic surgery Aug. 15. He said after that practice that today would be important, based on how his knee reacted to the stress. If it "blows up," he said, "that's it."
But afer Harrison showed up for treatment on the knee Tuesday, he gave the "A-OK" sign when he was asked how it reacted. He wore no brace or bandage of any kind on his knee.
Mike Tomlin said at his press conference today that he does not have expectations one way or the other as to the Pro Bowl linebacker's ability to play on Sunday for the season opener in Denver.
"James is a guy that's a competitor," Tomlin said. "I know that if it's within his power to be there and perform and, particularly for his teammates, he will be. I have had no reservations about him in that regard.
"The issue is just whether or not he gets a clean bill of health from our medical staff. He has to this point in terms of being able to practice. We'll see how his body responds to that work and let that be a determinant about how we move forward."
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