Found September 06, 2012 on Football Nation:
A day after Steelers linebacker James Harrison told reporters that his surgically repaired knee was “A-OK” for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, the 2008 defensive player of the year was limited in practice Wednesday and his status for Sunday is now uncertain.Missing Harrison would be a big blow to the Steelers, but his absence would not be the biggest problem the Pittsburgh defense would have to worry about.That honor, or lack thereof, would go to free safety Ryan Clark, who will miss Sunday’s game due to the sickle cell trait he has.Clark nearly died after a game in 2007 caused him to lose 35 pounds, along with his spleen and gall bladder in the high altitude of Denver.Clark’s absence was one of the main reasons why the Steelers made Tim Tebow look like Joe Montana in Pittsburgh’s 29-23 loss to the Broncos in the Wild Card round last season. Tebow threw for 316 yards while cornerback Ike Taylor played possible the worst game of his career, along with safety Troy Polamalu l...

Ryan Clark Tackle’s Sickle Cell in new awareness program

As we all know, Steelers Safety Ryan Clark suffers from the Sickle Cell trait in his blood. This disorder keeps him from playing places like Denver where the altitude is high and the air is thin. While Clark has previously lobbied to try and play, the Steelers organization makes no bones about it, his life is more important than football so there’s no way he’ll be any other place...

Ryan Clark to miss Steelers opener

Steelers fans hate it when their team travels to Denver. They don't necessarily fear the Broncos, but anyone who's followed the Steelers in recent years knows that when the Steelers head up to Denver, safety Ryan Clark doesn't play. According to an ESPN report, that fact will stay true this Sunday. Clark suffers from sickle cell anemia, causing his red...

James Harrison Gives Knee An A-OK Sign, On Tuesday

Although there is no practice for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, it is a big day for linebacker James Harrison, who is waiting to see how his knee responds to practicing on Monday for the first time since the first OTA session. Evidently the knee it is responding good, as Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported Tuesday afternoon on Twitter that Harrison gave him...

Mike Tomlin rules out Ryan Clark for week one

Unfortunately, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was forced to rule out safety Ryan Clark for this week’s game against the Broncos, since it’s being played in Denver and the high altitude has a negative affect on Clark because he carries the sickle-cell trait. “Tomlin made it official by ruling out safety Ryan Clark from playing in high-altitude Denver because of his...

James Harrison may not play this week

According to Gerry Dulac of, Steelers linebacker James Harrison was held out of practice on Thursday and may not play in Sunday night’s opener against the Broncos. “Steelers OLB James Harrison did not practice today and his status for the Broncos game is uncertain,” wrote Dulac. The Steelers have been planning on Harrison being ready for this week. “The Steelers...

Report: James Harrison will not play this week

Earlier we mentioned that Steelers linebacker James Harrison tweeted that he’ll be a game time decision.  It looks like that might not be the case. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-gazette,  Harrison won’t play this week. James Harrison did not practice for second day in a row and will not play in Denver. Steelers have not released his official status, tho. —...

Q&A: James Harrison

James Harrison won't talk to most of the media until Friday, but he talked to Jim Wexell on Thursday. Here's the Q&A, along with a note on Rashard Mendenhall's rehab and contract status.

Chris Carter Now Likely To Start Sunday Night Against Broncos At ROLB

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison did not practice on Thursday due to his knee so that means we can likely expect second year linebacker Chris Carter to get the start at right outside linebacker in the Sunday night opener against the Denver Broncos. Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reported via Twitter on Thursday that Carter said it's his understanding that...

Steelers' James Harrisson wont speak to the media until Friday

The Pittsburgh Steelers will open the season Sunday night against the Denver Broncos, but the status of one of their best players on defense remains unclear. All-Pro linebacker James Harrison was limited in practice Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Harrison was officially activated by the Steelers last week after...

Jason Worilds Looks To Be On Track To Play In Opener

Although the status of outside linebacker James Harrison for the Sunday night opener in Denver is still currently up in the air, backup linebacker Jason Worilds appears to be on track to play. Worilds, who was removed from the PUP list last week, practiced with the team on Monday for the first time this season. The Steelers former second round draft pick had wrist surgery this offseason...

Steelers Injury Report: Wednesday Week 1 Denver Broncos

The Pittsburgh Steelers were off on Tuesday, but returned to the practice field on Wednesday to continue their preparations for the season opener Sunday night against the Denver Broncos. The first Steelers injury participation report for the 2012 season has now been released and it shows running back Baron Batch (groin) and linebacker James Harrison (knee) as being limited. Harrison...

The Terrible Podcast – Previewing The Denver Broncos Game Episode

Season 3, Episode 13 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd I start off our preview of the Sunday night opener for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Denver Broncos by going over the Thursday injury report and what we are looking for Friday. Will James Harrison play and should he play? We discuss it. The Steelers signed former Oakland Raiders third round draft pick...
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