Steelers: Harrison out, Roethlisberger expected to play

Posted Oct. 04, 2011 @ 12:22 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

They may have their quarterback this coming Sunday, but the Steelers will be without one of their top defensive players for the next few weeks.

Head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that OLB James Harrison would miss a number of games because of a fracture in his right orbital eye socket. The linebacker will undergo surgery for the injury on Wednesday. It is expected that ILB Lawrence Timmons will move outside and take Harrison's spot in the lineup, as the team's primary backup outside linebacker, Jason Worilds, also is likely to be out because of a quad injury.

QB Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a foot injury in Week Four against Houston, is expected to play on Sunday against the Titans. Tomlin said he expects Roethlisberger to be limited in practice because of his sprained right foot but that he'll be ready by game time. If he were unable to start, veteran Charlie Batch would be under center for the Steelers.

RB Rashard Mendenhall is also banged up with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to play on Sunday as well.

The way we see it

Injuries have really hit the Steelers hard in recent weeks, and it will be interesting to see if they can overcome them. Losing Harrison for multiple games really hurts, as his physical style of play really sets the tone for the entire unit.

Roethlisberger helped the team reach the Super Bowl last season playing with an injured foot, so this should not be anything new for him. However, playing behind a struggling offensive line could be a problem for the QB if the injury impacts his mobility.