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Steelersfan87
10-01-2012, 09:01 PM
Steelers cautiously optimistic on return of Harrison, Polamalu, Mendenhall (http://www.examiner.com/article/steelers-cautiously-optimistic-on-return-of-harrison-polamalu-mendenhall?cid=db_articles) (read more)

Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers should feel cautiously optimistic on the injury front this evening, as it appears that the team is on the verge of getting all of their injured players back, including some big names.

Safety Troy Polamalu has been going through practices with little to no issues for the past two weeks, including today, and, barring any sort of unforeseen setback, appears ready to return to the field after missing the past two games prior to the team’s week 4 bye.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who tore his ACL on January 1st in the last game of the regular season, has in fact been practicing throughout the regular season, gradually increasing the stress level on his surgically repaired knee and it appears that he’s about ready to test it in game action.

Mendenhall actually tore his ACL just a week after Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and came off the Physically Unable to Perform list a week after as well.

These coincidental events led to speculation that Mendenhall might play as early as the first game of the season, as Peterson did, but the Steelers chose to be more cautious.

While the running game has suffered in his absence (ranked 30th overall in rushing yards per game), the blame falls as much, if not more so, on the offensive line than it does the stable of running backs behind Mendenhall.

Lady Steel
10-01-2012, 10:22 PM
I wish DeCastro's name was included in that list, although I know we won't be seeing him the remainder of the season.

tony hipchest
10-01-2012, 10:26 PM
not that it means much, but word is decastro was seen at the WVU game last saturday walking without a limp.

Lady Steel
10-01-2012, 10:29 PM
Thanks for the update, tony. That news makes me slightly more optimistic. :tt:

maddog78
10-01-2012, 10:53 PM
Mendenhall's been practicing, right? Pretty sure we'll see him. Have to see how long Troy and James can practice.

Steelersfan87
10-01-2012, 11:57 PM
I wish DeCastro's name was included in that list, although I know we won't be seeing him the remainder of the season.

DeCastro is mentioned in the full article in the link (as are Sylvester and Adams).

Mendenhall's been practicing, right? Pretty sure we'll see him. Have to see how long Troy and James can practice.

Yeah, Mendenhall's been practicing all season. Troy has practiced fully since last week, so he seems to be a go. For James...we'll just have to wait and see how he feels tomorrow morning.

teegre
10-02-2012, 01:05 AM
not that it means much, but word is decastro was seen at the WVU game last saturday walking without a limp.

DD is a Mountaineer fan... I knew there was a reason that I liked that kid.

Wait... maybe he's scouting Tavon Austin (imagine him, Wallace, Sanders, and AB in the four-wide set).

[Really though: He's probably a guest of his good friend's dad (ie Oliver Luck).]

casteeler
10-02-2012, 11:56 AM
I really want to see this team play with all of these missing pieces

Fire Arians
10-02-2012, 12:42 PM
now i can laugh my ass off again every time al michaels says mendinghall

pete74
10-02-2012, 02:17 PM
Yea he was there with Andrew Luck

Fire Haley
10-02-2012, 02:18 PM
Steelers to get back injured players

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin fully anticipates having his entire team at his disposal for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Tomlin said that Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu are all expected to play against the Eagles.


http://sulia.com/channel/pittsburgh-steelers/f/4b2c7700-b14a-4bd3-bbf9-ff0135d8a0fc/?source=twitter

Fire Haley
10-02-2012, 02:43 PM
“All guys performed well, and we anticipate them being able to participate this weekend,” Tomlin said, via CBS Pittsburgh. “Based on how I looked at what we worked on yesterday, I think that’s a safe assessment.”

tony hipchest
10-02-2012, 03:02 PM
the only players listed on the injury report tuesday edition is marcus gilbert, so basically as of now, these 3 players wont even go into the game being listed as questionable or probable.

=100% chance to play.

Fire Haley
10-02-2012, 03:57 PM
14-2!

Here we go baby!






i'm just an excitable boy

Fire Arians
10-02-2012, 04:07 PM
the only players listed on the injury report tuesday edition is marcus gilbert, so basically as of now, these 3 players wont even go into the game being listed as questionable or probable.

=100% chance to play.

awesome news! :thumbsup:

MasterOfPuppets
10-02-2012, 07:11 PM
redman should still start....:popcorn:
mendenhall will just dance around and average less than 3 yds a carry.....

teegre
10-02-2012, 07:15 PM
14-2!

Slight correction:
17-2

:wink02:

lardlad
10-02-2012, 08:10 PM
now i can laugh my ass off again every time al michaels says mendinghall

Thank you! Why can't someone tell him his real name?

BowCatShot
10-04-2012, 05:59 AM
Remember how timid Mendenhall was after returning from his shoulder injury? Boy wait'll you see him now.

Hawaii 5-0
10-05-2012, 02:28 PM
Steelers Welcome Back Playmakers Mendenhall Harrison And Polamalu

Oct 5th, 2012 by Kim Myers

When Coach Tomlin gave his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon he left off three key Steelers from the injury list; Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, and Rashard Mendenhall. It seemed almost too good to be true. In fact, I didn’t even want to believe it until after the three went through consecutive days of practice. As of Thursday afternoon, all three have fully participated in two consecutive days of practice and there is nothing but green lights ahead for each to join their teammates on the field Sunday afternoon against the Eagles. Will these three playmakers prove to be the difference maker for the Steelers pulling themselves back from under .500?

http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/58/files/2012/10/6589900-199x300.jpg?e0b22b

Rashard Mendenhall

Most of Steeler Nation was undecided about how valuable Mendenhall is to the running game, up until the Steelers running game started off the season the worst in 62 years. After Isaac Redman was able to rush for 121 yards in the playoff game in Denver last year most of Steeler Nation went “Meh. No big deal.” When Kevin Colbert announced over the offseason that he didn’t expect Mendy back for the entire 2012 season after his ACL surgery. Even though the offense has managed to control time of possession in all three games, they haven’t done it by rushing the ball effectively. Mendenhall, even with his tendency to dance at the line of scrimmage on occasion, causing many a yinzer to scream at the television, has been the team’s leading rusher since 2009. Perhaps all the rushing game needs is the spark that Mendy can provide to get going and average a scooch more than the measly 2.6 yards per carry they got going on right now.

http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/58/files/2012/10/6597580-300x192.jpg?e0b22b

Troy Polamalu

Troy is returning from his calf injury that has had him sidelined for the past two games. While the Steelers are still ranked #6 in overall yards allowed, the lack of Polamalu has created a noticeably lack of defensive “splash plays”. Most importantly, Troy and his buddy Ryan Clark have not been on the same field together since the Steelers final game of the regular season last year. Clark, who holds the only interception for the Steelers defense so far this season, only trails behind Larry Foote for the lead tackler on the defense. The Steelers defense needs some…well, they need some Polamalu. Even the offense wants to see Troy ruling the field as Ben Roethlisberger said he missed seeing Troy’s hair flowing in the wind on the field. Troy couldn’t be coming back at a better time too; the Eagles offense has been a turnover machine through their first three games. Perfect conditions for a healthy Troy Polamalu, wouldn’t you say?

James Harrison

Quite possibly the most exciting news from this week of practice was hearing that for the first time since last season, James Harrison was able to fully participate in two consecutive practices. Harrison was on the PUP list for the entire training camp and hasn’t been able to practice in back to back days yet this season with a nagging knee injury. The Steelers pass rush has definitely been hurting with the lack of the Silverback on the field. The Steelers have only collected five sacks so far this season and their performance in the fourth quarter against the Raiders should really have left a bad taste in all of their mouths. Even in their two losses, the Steelers offense has been able to control the majority of the game. The Steelers defense, however, not so much. Giving up the 71 yard TD pass from Manning to Thomas in their first game, along with the 64 yard TD run from McFadden in Oakland, not to mention allowing Carson Palmer to shred the defense for 13 unanswered 4th quarter points is not the Steelers defense we’ve grown accustomed to. Can the return of James Harrison eliminate those big plays? There’s only one way to find out. I only have one thing to say to James. Remember, when Vick takes off with the ball he’s no longer “defenseless”, he’s fair game so go get him!

The Steelers now have 13 weeks to maintain their health and regain their dominance in the division and the league. Getting these three dynamic playmakers back on the field certainly can help achieve the goals of this season. Will more players end up on the injury report? Sure. It’s a long, grueling season and the Steelers have an uphill battle to stay healthy with this early bye week. The two glaring issues that have had yinzers flooding the air waves of sports talk radio the past three weeks have been the defense and the running game. Enter Mendy, Troy, and Harrison. Welcome back to the field guys, you’ve been missed.

Here we go Steelers!

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/10/05/steelers-welcome-back-playmakers-mendenhall-harrison-and-polamalu/

Fire Arians
10-05-2012, 02:52 PM
all of em listed probable for sunday's game, pretty excited to see them all back in action. I do wonder if james is really ready to go or not.

troy is probably good to go, and the coaches have said mendenhall was probably ready by week 1 but decided to be careful with bringing him back in too quick, so I'm not worried about those 2.

I do think james being healthy for the rest of the season is the biggest question mark

Darkstorm05
10-07-2012, 04:39 PM
The test for Harrison will be how his knee looks this coming week. If he misses practices due to swelling again, we have a problem. I wonder if he may have decided to roll the dice because he knows his salary isn't going to cut it next year if he is no longer healthy enough to make an impact.

On that note, I think Troy needs a pay cut next year. No matter how good he plays when healthy, he misses way too much play time to be worth the giant paycheck he's due.