Steelers LB Harrison thinks he'll see Ravens
James Harrison has yet to be cleared for game action, but that could change later this week when the Steelers' outside linebacker will undergo another evaluation on his surgically repaired right orbital bone.
The Steelers will then make a determination whether Harrison will play Sunday against the Ravens at Heinz Field.
"I hope so, but that's up to the doctors to clear me for game play," Harrison said. "If they say I can go, I'll be out there (playing). If not, then I'll wait another week."
Harrison has missed the past four games after suffering his injury against Houston on Oct. 2. Team doctors cleared him Monday for practice but have yet to let him take part in contact drills.
Harrison practiced yesterday and said he took part in individual drills, lined up as a scout team linebacker and took some first-team reps.
"It just felt good to be back out there practicing," Harrison said. "Not really too much, so we kept it low so I can work back into it. I'm just trying to get back into game shape."
Harrison said his double vision has eased, but some light sensitivity remains. Harrison will wear a tinted visor when he returns.
But the biggest issue that remains for Harrison is contact, which he knows won't come until he's back on the field for a game.
"I want to see what that actually feels like (to get hit), but I don't think they're going to let me do that (this week)," Harrison said.
Harrison could be used in a specialty role of rushing the passer if he is cleared before Sunday, especially if LaMarr Woodley's hamstring prevents him from playing this week. Woodley was limited in practice yesterday.
"Once I get cleared, then it really doesn't matter," Harrison said. "I don't care what they want me to do."
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