View Full Version : Steelers LB Porter 'scoped, out four weeks

08-11-2005, 12:04 AM
NFL.com wire reports

LATROBE, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2005) -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter underwent surgery to remove loose cartilage from his knee and is expected to miss four weeks.

"We expect to have him for the opener," coach Bill Cowher said.

Porter, 28, injured the knee Aug. 9 during a one-on-one pass-rush drill with rookie offensive tackle Ulish Booker. Porter's knee became swollen that night and he underwent an MRI examination the next morning.

The surgery was performed by team physician Dr. James Bradley.

"Joey had problems with the same knee a couple years ago," Cowher said. "I think we'll have him back a little bit sooner than (running back) Duce (Staley)."

Staley underwent knee surgery Aug. 8 and also is expected to miss four weeks.

Cowher said James Harrison will fill in for Porter at right outside linebacker. Harrison, 27, started in two games last season.


08-11-2005, 12:06 AM
I glad we got Harrison as a backup. He played very well against Cleveland last season.

08-11-2005, 12:19 AM
No doubt..let these injuries happen if they're gonna.. happen now, so everybody is fresh for Sept. Joey doesnt need preseason games to get in shape. He'll be ok, and he won't be missing the opener if he can help it, u can bet on that!

Harrison, this is your time to shine man!!

08-11-2005, 12:44 AM
Not the news I like to hear, but I do prefer it happen to the vets during training camp. This way they can heal up and be there for the important games.

08-11-2005, 12:47 AM
We're gonna have a hard time hanging onto Harrison when his contract is up. If he continues to impress when he gets his chances, he's gonna be something special. Which may make Haggans expendable when the times comes. U never know.

08-11-2005, 10:38 AM
No offense intended, but surgery doesn't have a good spin to it. Yall are right about Harrison, though.

08-11-2005, 11:19 AM
Hate to see a ggod one get hurt, but you gotta have good 2nd stringers. Depth is key in my opinion. I think this impacts Alonzo Jackson more that Harrison. Jackson needs to shine to let Cowher know he can play in the NFL or he is cut this preseason. I'd like to see Alonzo Jackson step up and play big Monday night rather than find out he is a bust. We are thin in the LB's this year after the top five.

08-11-2005, 11:36 AM
This season is not getting of to a good start. I'm very nervous about this year.

08-11-2005, 11:39 AM
Camp barely started and the injuries are already piling up. Luckily the 2nd string is almost as good as the 1st.

08-11-2005, 02:49 PM
I am glad it happened now and it seems to be minor than 2/3 weeks into the season and he ends up missing 6-8 weeks of regular season games.

Thank God for Harrison,he'll do really well.Maybe this will mean Alonzo will finally get cut because they see how much he sucks?

08-11-2005, 02:53 PM
Team leader on offense = Hines Ward
Team leader on defense = Joey Porter

Two names we need. Not just because of thier play. But more because of thier desire, personality and leadership.

08-11-2005, 04:41 PM
You are right about Jackson. He better do something fast or its "snip, snip, snip"

08-11-2005, 10:04 PM
Team leader on offense = Hines Ward
Team leader on defense = Joey Porter

Two names we need. Not just because of thier play. But more because of thier desire, personality and leadership.

I'm seeing this shift right now not because they don't desrve it, but they need to just be themselves. My picks Off leader - Ben - cause everyone will be looking at him and may go the way he goes. If he is loose and comfortable then fine. If he looks uptight and looking for help lookout. Def leader - Farrior - cause he is the one on the rise and playing all out. having Porter go injury to injury is a little inconsistent to come in and start shouting at you to "D" up. It will still work, but if Farrior tells you to step it up you will act a little faster cause he has been going sideline to sideline getting passed over for honors for all last year and everyone knows it. So while he is silent in comparison to Porter, when he speaks, it says volumes.

08-11-2005, 10:33 PM
Defensive emotional leader is Joey by far, no doubt. He's the heart and soul of the defense out there. Defensive leader in terms of his position on the field and calling the shots is Farrior. They are both equally important.

Offensive leader. Ben because he's the QB, he's the guy who's got his hand on the ball on every single play. Heart of the offense is Jerome and Hines. Both of whom are 2 of the most respected players on the team period.

Good stuff cleve !!

08-13-2005, 01:22 AM
Is the man who gave us the jutting jaw, the foaming-at-the-mouth tirades and the Josh Miller ear-beatings going Dick Vermeil on us? Could it be that the modern-day Bill Cowher is kinder and gentler entering his 14th season as the Steelers' head coach?
Yes ... No ... Perhaps.

In publicly discussing Joey Porter's knee injury, which appears to have occurred after the linebacker stomped his foot upon winning a pass-rush drill, Cowher defended the Pro Bowl veteran for his passion and love for the game.

That's not to suggest that Cowher didn't have choice words for Porter behind closed doors - "What I say to (the media), is not always what he and I discuss," Cowher said. - but he was supportive Thursday morning.

"Joey hurt his knee playing the game of football," Cowher said. "If something like (the stomping celebration) is what prompted it, it was going to happen anyway. The game of football is a lot more violent than jumping up and down and stomping on the ground."

Porter sustained the injury (loose cartilage that will keep him out a month) during Tuesday afternoon's practice at St. Vincent College. Porter had been beaten in a one-on-one pass-rush drill by free-agent tackle Ulish Booker, prompting the linebacker to challenge Booker again.

"I was working on a new move," Porter said, explaining why Booker had defeated him.

Porter and Booker lined up a second time and Porter blew by the big lineman. The two went at it one more time, and Porter faked outside. He then twisted back inside and easily got by Booker.

Porter celebrated by stomping his feet in a marching motion, then finishing with one final stomp. Moments later, he walked off the field and plopped down on a water cooler. He did not return to practice and underwent surgery the next day.

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