Linebacker James Harrison missed practice for a third straight day on Friday and would not commit to whether he will be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets or not.
Harrison, who said the knee is “doing all right,” was evasive about his status but did say he doesn’t want to rush back on the field and do any further damage that would linger.
“What it comes down to is there is no need to try to hurry and rush yourself back and end up doing more damage and having to deal with the injury for the rest of the season, instead of saying I’ll sit out a few weeks and get it back healthy rather than go in and play in the game, reinjure it, have to sit out a whole week rehabbing until you can get to where you can play again in another week or so,” said Harrison. “There is no need to go out there, it’s too early in the season to go out there and do more damage and prevent myself from actually being out there healthy.”
Harrison said it’s up to him as to whether or not he is ready to play, rather than others making the decision for him.
“They don’t know how I feel, only I do,” said Harrison. “If I feel like I can go, I will go. If I feel like I can’t, I won’t.”
The status of safety Troy Polamalu is also a question mark this week, as he also was held out of practice again on Friday.
“I feel good,” said Polamalu. “Coach (Mike) Tomlin knows how my injuries feel better than I do.”
Both Harrison and Polamalu are listed as questionable for Sunday.
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