Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/19/12

Somewhat lost in the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) 27-10 victory over the New York Jets was the fact that the team played without the combination of linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) for the first time in their career. Yes, the players have missed games in the past, but that marked the first time both were out on the same day.Unfortunately, that may be the story again this week against the Oakland Raiders (0-2) in what could be an important early season tilt, as the Steelers need to continue their winning ways. Especially, when they are playing teams that they should be able to beat. However, this will be no cakewalk, as the Raiders are desperate for their first victory of the season.

Not only is it likely that the Steelers will be without Harrison, Polamalu, linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee), the team now faces questions about the availability of three main contributors who will be limited in practice this week. At his weekly press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin stated that tight end Heath Miller (ribs), right tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin) and leading rusher Jonathan Dwyer (turf toe) would be battling the injury bug this week.

While injuries are never good, the facts that all three of these newly listed players have an integral part at potentially improving what has been an anemic rushing attack cannot come at a worse time. While the Raiders has struggled against the run, they have a potentially physical and imposing front seven, and the Steelers may need balance to keep quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright.

Also,

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Raiders to limit Marshawn Lynch's workload in 2017?

Kobe Bryant responds to if he is influencing Kyrie Irving

Andy Reid chastises Tamba Hali for social media outburst

Report: 49ers RB Carlos Hyde could be 'surprise cut'

Every 2009-2016 NBA MVP will now play for Warriors or Cavaliers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mike Tyson weighs in on Conor McGregor’s chances of beating Floyd Mayweather

Report: Robert Griffin III scheduled to work out with Chargers

Report: Derrick Rose will sign with Cavs

Mississippi State fan uncovered infamous Freeze phone call

Report: Tigers, Cubs talking Justin Verlander trade

Richard Jefferson sheds light on Irving's tough time with Cavs

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

Kicking It: USMNT struggles to find consistency in Gold Cup as World Cup qualifying nears

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker