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Sylvester practices, Troy and James sit

Posted by Teresa Varley on September 19, 2012 – 4:09 pm

Safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and linebacker James Harrison (knee) did not practice on Wednesday, but linebacker Stevenson Sylvester was back on the field. Sylvester, who missed the preseason and the Steelers first two regular season games with a knee injury, practiced in a limited basis but said he felt good afterwards.

“It was good to be back out there,” said Sylvester. “I felt good. I have been out about four or five weeks, it felt like two years. It felt good to be out there with all of my teammates. I tested my knee out. It did better than I thought it would do. It felt good.”

Sylvester said that he gave the knee a full test, not holding back as he knows he needs to see exactly where he is if there is any potential for him playing this week against the Oakland Raiders.

“When you first go out there like I did today you have to go at it and see where you are,” said Sylvester. “That is what I did today and I felt pretty good. I am not sure if I am going to play this week. We are going to see how it goes the next couple of days.”

He is definitely chomping at the bit to get on the field, as being on the sidelines on game day is not his idea of fun. But the bottom line is he knows he has to be smart about it.

“It’s killing me,” said Sylvester. “I can’t sit back and watch my team play three games without me. Even in the preseason it was hard to stay out. It’s very hard to sit back and watch your team do work and do things you wish you were out there doing.

“The main thing is getting healthy. You want to go out there and do the job the right way. You don’t want to be a 50 percent guy when there is a guy 100 percent able to do the job. You have to go out there and be healthy.”

In addition running back Rashard Mendenhall went full tilt on Wednesday after Coach Mike Tomlin said they were going to “thud him up a little bit” in practice this week to see where not just his knee is, but his overall game readiness.

“It felt normal, it felt natural,” said Mendenhall. “I was hit more in space, things like that, but no different than what I have done before. The defense was making more of an effort to hit so that was the difference.

“It’s just enough to get prepared for a game situation. You don’t prepare for it fully, that takes care of itself in the game. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone. It was cool. It was all good.”

Mendenhall, who hasn’t worn a sleeve or brace in practice, said he is still taking things day-to-day and when asked if he would play on Sunday, said “possibly.” And when he does return, he feels like he will be able to pick things up right where he left off.

“Yes I believe so,” said Mendenhall. “It’s this whole process, rehab, going through it and taking it day-by-day. I am preparing to get back to that level and nothing else. That is where my focus is.”

In addition to Harrison and Polamalu, running back Jonathan Dwyer (toe), tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin), tight end Heath Miller (abdomen), and wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and Mike Wallace (groin) did not practice. Tackle Mike Adams (back) practiced on a limited basis.

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5 Responses to “Sylvester practices, Troy and James sit”

  1. By Joe on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    Ive never seen so many injuries. ESPECIALLY AFTER people get big contracts…Im a life long fan, I bleed it.Having said that there are certain big name players I would get rid of becauce they get hurt every year and I feel there are younger , hugrier players that would plug in and be better for the future.Trade them now while they still have name value. They do nothing sitting on the sidelines and in the hot tub collecting big paychecks. WHERE ISTHE FIRE GUYS???????? Two rings enough??? I say this with love and its just my opinion.

  2. By Rich on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Streelers are molding their young rookies as we speak if James and Troy would not play another game Steelers would be fine.They did well in the draft and transitions takes time. Todd will continue to buff the offence and Mr Labeau well it speaks for itself..Pittsburgh is on the right track!!!

  3. By jimmie on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    it will be great to have you guys back on the field

  4. By Phil Nussbaum on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a steeler fan sense 1970,I have been thru. it all,with the steelers year after year.
    The Super Bowl years have been the best years.
    The players on Defance and Offance are good enough to get us back to the Super Bowl, thay all need to get on the same page.
    Back ups over the years have been good enough to help win games.
    But injuries the past three years are killing us.
    We need to play injury free,thats the couches job.
    I live in Findlay,OH.where Big Ben played football.
    I watch him play from a kid to high school to collage
    to the NFL, he stills plays like he did back then.
    Ben will get us back to the super bowl but he cant do it by himself, it takes the hole team.GO Steelers.

  5. By levi on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    HALLEYUHAH!!!If you want another ring have your corners start hitting within the 5 yard bump aand run rule hit em hit em other wise they will run right past you for a quick 6 just ask ike.

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