Saturday, September 15, 2012

Polamalu, Harrison questionable for Jets - Washington Observer Reporter

PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison did not practice Friday and are questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Neither Polamalu, who is nursing a strained right calf, and Harrison, who is recovering from a minor procedure on his left knee, practiced this week. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin typically does not let players who did not participate during the week play in the ensuing game.

Harrison, who hasn’t suited up for a game since a playoff loss to Denver last January, said he “felt great” but allowed there’s a risk in coming back too quickly. The knee has been bothering Harrison since minicamp, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 15.

“What it comes down to is that there’s no need to hurry up and rush yourself back and end up doing more damage so you have to deal with the injury for the rest of the season, instead of saying that you’ll sit out a few weeks and get it back healthy rather than to go play a game, re-injure it,” Harrison said.

Polamalu declined to speculate on his status but added while he could “do mental repetitions on the sideline” while watching the defense, it “would be better to be on the field.”

The All-Pro has made 18 straight regular-season starts dating to 2010.

Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall, who is recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee suffered in the 2011 regular season finale against Cleveland, practiced all week but has been listed as doubtful while linebacker Stevenson Sylvester is out with a left knee injury.

Jets’ Revis ruled out with concussion: The New York Jets will face Pittsburgh’s speedy receivers without Darrelle Revis.

The All-Pro cornerback was ruled out Friday for the team’s game at Pittsburgh Sunday with a concussion that left Revis “in a fog” after the injury occurred in the season opener against Buffalo.

Coach Rex Ryan said Revis was cleared for noncontact practice for the first time Friday but will not travel to Pittsburgh with the team Saturday.

“We followed NFL protocol this week,” Ryan said, “and we’ll always follow NFL protocol when it comes to concussions, but Darrelle is ruled out for the game.”

Revis needed to be cleared by the team physician and an independent neurological consultant in order to first practice and then play. He was injured when he made a diving tackle attempt on C.J. Spiller and teammate Bart Scott accidentally kicked him in the head.

The Jets will also be without tight end Dustin Keller and linebacker Bryan Thomas, both with hamstring issues. To make up for the loss of Keller, one of quarterback Mark Sanchez’s favorite targets, New York signed tight end Dedrick Epps who was in training camp with the Jets off Chicago’s practice squad.

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