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By PFW staff

Updated at 6:55 p.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

Steelers OLB James Harrison was scheduled to have surgery on Monday. The player told his followers on Twitter about the surgery and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received confirmation from Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, that the "very routine" surgery was on his client's lower back. It is expected the procedure will sideline Harrison for the next 4-6 weeks.

Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange reported that Harrison's surgery was postponed due to an infection. Parise said that the infection is nothing to be alarmed about.

Harrison had 100 tackles and 10½ sacks during the regular season for Pittsburgh's second-ranked defense. He was disappointed with his performance in the Steelers' 31-25 loss to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV, however, as his one sack in the game was not enough to lead the Steelers to victory.

The linebacker also made headlines during the 2010 season for his multiple helmet-to-helmet hits, which resulted in $100,000 in fines.

The way we see it

Offseason surgery, especially for a player as physical as Harrison, is fairly routine in the NFL. The interesting story is where his rehab will take place, since after March 4 — assuming there hasn't been a new Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated — he won't be able to train at the Steelers' practice facility.

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