Gerry Dulac reports that the Steelers defense will be without OLB James Harrison and S Troy Polamalu for Week 3’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
This is the third straight game that Harrison has missed because of a knee injury and the second straight for Polamalu and his troublesome calf. Thankfully for them, their opponent isn’t exactly one of the leagues most productive offenses.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette updates the situation regarding Steelers LB James Harrison and S Troy Polamalu status for Week 2 by tweeting that although the team has listed them as questionable, both are not expected to play against the Jets.
If there is any good news at all it’s that the Jets are also without their best defensive weapon in CB Darrelle Revis. Harrison missed last weekend’s game against the Broncos, but not having Polamalu available will definately have an impact on their defensive game plan.
Harrison missed the first game of the season last week, while he’s still trying to get his surgically-repaired knee healthy. Polamalu, on the other hand, is dealing with a calf injury that has limited his ability to practice.
There’s no question that the Steelers defense would be impacted by the loss of these players. Mark Sanchez is coming off of a strong performance against the Bills, so a depleted Pittsburgh defense could be enough for him to put together back-to-back quality efforts.