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James Harrison Believes He’ll Be Ready Week One

Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been recovering from an arthroscopic surgery that he had on his left knee last week. While he hasn’t practiced in full pads since the 2011 season and won’t play at all this preseason, that hasn’t kept him from believing that he can play in the Steelers’ Week 1 matchup against the Broncos.

“I might need a little prep, we got a couple of new things (on defense), but other than that I think I’ll be all right,” Harrison said Tuesday, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You’ve got to get back in timing with the other guys and everything else, and a few days of practice would help.”

With a lack of reps this preseason, Harrison could be a little sluggish and his timing could be off. His knee isn’t expected to give him long-term problems, but don’t be surprised if the Steelers opt to hold him out of the first week of the season to prevent the risk of re-injuring it.