As the Steelers come off their bye-week, they have a rather clean bill of health. Injured players like Vance McDonald, Stephon Tuitt and Marcus Gilbert all seem poised to return to the lineup, considering they weren’t listed on the team’s first official injury report prior to Week 10.
However, a new name popped up alongside Mike Mitchell’s, who is nursing an Achilles injury, and that was James Harrison with a back injury.
Normally, this wouldn’t be anything of note, but in Harrison’s case it has become noteworthy. Harrison did not practice on Wednesday and he’s rarely been used this season. But what’s even more interesting are the workouts he’s posting with said back “injury”.
This from Thursday morning:
This from Wednesday:
I’m not suggesting Harrison isn’t injured, he could have tweaked his back at some point during one of these workouts, but if someone has any type of back injury it would be extremely rare to see them doing some of these exercises for fear of further injuring themselves.
To me, it all seems just too convenient for the team to label him as injured, thus creating another reason for him not to play on Sunday vs. the Colts.
As the team enters the second half of the season, you would think Harrison’s playing time would increase, and it still might, but his popping up on the injury report coming off a bye is never a good start.
On the other hand, he could return to practice on Thursday, get onto the field Sunday and dominate. While that would make everyone happy, including myself, it would add yet another strange chapter to the 2017 season for Harrison.