This coming Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will go into yet another game riddled with injuries.
Linebackers James Harrison and Stevenson Sylvester, safety Troy Polamalu all sat out of last week’s victory over the New York Jets, and will more than likely sit out in the Week 4 battle versus the Oakland Raiders.
Harrison hasn’t seen the field for virtually all of the offseason, and hasn’t practiced with the team none of the regular season due to his knee not responding to arthroscopic surgery.
Sylvester’s participation with the team has been nonexistent this past offseason as well because of a wrist injury. However, Sylvester, who is Harrison’s backup, is improving and is getting closer to being back on the field.
As for Polamalu, his calf injury that he sustained in Week 1 kept him out of last week’s game.
Leading up to this week’s practices for the Steelers, more players will be monitored. Running back Jonathan Dwyer is suffering from turf toe, offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert sustained a groin injury, and tight end Heath Miller has injured ribs.
The official status of all these players will be announced later in the week.
Pittsburgh will be traveling to face a 0-2 Raiders team that is struggling, and should result in an easy victory for the Steelers.
As far as the injuries to Harrison, Polamalu, and Sylvester, there shouldn’t be any rush for them to return. After Week 4, Pittsburgh has a bye week, which will allow them extra time to recuperate and be ready for the grind of the rest of the season.
Linebacker Chris Carter just may get his third start of the season, while safety Ryan Mundy should get his second.
However, if the injuries to Dwyer, Gilbert, and Miller, aren’t that severe, then they should play. Their respective positions are lacking depth, and production at their positions will be needed in order forPittsburghto be successful against Oakland, no matter how bad they seem.
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