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A time to heal for several Steelers

Posted by Teresa Varley on September 26, 2012 – 9:16 pm

Steelers’ players have the next four days off for their bye week, giving several who are ailing a chance to get healthy. Among those the team hopes to get back on the field after the bye are linebacker James Harrison, safety Troy Polamalu and running back Rashard Mendenhall.

“It would help,” said linebacker LaMarr Woodley, speaking about Harrison and Polamalu. “Those are our key guys. That makes a big difference for the defense.  Having them back will be great for our defense.  The bye week is always great. Having a few injuries, Troy and James, gives guys time to heal up and rest and come back and play.”

Harrison was on the field for the first time on Tuesday, but didn’t participate on Wednesday. Polamalu worked on both days.

While both players are expected to make an impact upon their return whenever that might be, their teammates also know they can’t depend solely on them to turn things around defensively.

“We have to get them back out there,” said safety Ryan Clark. “But I don’t think it’s fair to put that much pressure on those guys to say you are why we are not playing well. You can’t say the standard is the standard and say we aren’t playing well because they aren’t there. You can’t do that. The guys who are on the field need to perform.”

Mendenhall has been practicing regularly, even getting more physical contact for the first time last week. With the running game not getting in gear yet, having him back soon would be a welcome addition.

“Rashard is one of the best in the league,” said wide receiver Mike Wallace. “When you get a guy back like that who is very explosive, has really good feet, a lot of vision, it’s going to boost our team.”

The Steelers take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 7 at Heinz Field and getting any or all three of the injured players back for that game is something teammates are hoping for.

“You get a player like Rashard back, James and Troy and that will provide us a spark,” said wide receiver Antonio Brown. “They are key factors on our team and provide us an opportunity to win games. It will be great to have them back and this gives them time to recover.”

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6 Responses to “A time to heal for several Steelers”

  1. By Bill Longley on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome back guys.This season is still young and theres much to do to begin our winning ways…Good luck

  2. By dale r schaffner sr. on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    we only lost 2 games like the guy said the season is young lets all get ourselves rededicated next week the first game of the season is the eagles lets get after vick he is having a real problem holding on to the football d get after him and smack him around we got real officals now so sack the shit out of him o run the ball and watch the pass rush they had 50 sacks last year so don t light a fire under their ass lets go stomp on their qball day go steeler hurryu back u guys we need you

  3. By Erin Kirby on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    welcome back guys we love you and cant wait to see you on the field!!

  4. By chris on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    i really feel sorry for michael vick. he’s gonna get crushed next week.

  5. By mary ann zimmerman on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    steelers never get the respect they deserve but thats alright. flying under the radar can be a good thing.we always seem to be there in the end, then everybody jumps back on the bandwagon. a true steeler fan is there threw wins and loses. i have been a fan a true fan for over thirty years and they have yet to let me down as long as we are on the field doing our best is all that matters, wins will come.

  6. By jimmie on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    im glad to hear youre coming back. with james and troy back they will be able to allow lamarr to help get at the quarterback and with a healthy troy then that secondary with play alot more better. with mendenhall in the running game with redman there and that great protection this offense will be complete and so with the defense will be to. good luck to all of you when you play the eagles.

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