Harrison still plans to play in opener

Six days removed from arthroscopic knee surgery, Steelers linebacker James Harrison still plans to be ready for the season opener Sept. 9 in Denver.

Harrison could have avoided cutting this so close to the season if he chose to have this surgery in the spring, when he missed practices with an inflamed knee. On the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, Harrison tried doing conditioning work shortly after training camp began but said “the knee blew up."

Harrison believes he'll make a quick recovery, and it's hard to doubt him. He's proven to be a quick healer, although it will be more of a challenge at 34 years old. Before missing four games last season, he had been sidelined one week in his previous four seasons.

“I might need a little prep, we got a couple of new things (on defense), but other than that I think I’ll be all right,” Harrison told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You’ve got to get back in timing with the other guys and everything else, and a few days of practice would help.”

With Harrison and backup Jason Worilds out, Chris Carter has played well while starting at outside linebacker this preseason.