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Updated: 2:19 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 | Posted: 6:39 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison did not practice Friday and his availability for Sunday’s season opener in Denver remains in question.
Harrison said on Twitter Friday that he didn’t practice and he’ll be a game time decision.
“If the game were today, I couldn’t play,” Harrison told reporters Friday afternoon.
Channel 11's Bill Phillips asked Harrison if his surgically repaired left knee, which was in a wrap, had swelled.
"A little swelling, but there’s nothing major," Harrison said. "It's just more irritation, a little pain. You know, the soft tissue hasn't healed yet."
If Harrison can’t play, backup Cris Carter told Channel 11’s Alby Oxenreiter that he’s prepared to step in.
There also are questions surrounding who will be the Steelers’ running back Sunday night.
Rashard Mendenhall is working his way back after off-season surgery, while Isaac Redman is nursing a hip injury.
According to Oxenreiter, it’s possible the Steelers could use a rotation at running back, and it’s also possible Jonathan Dwyer could start.
Mike Wallace appears to be progressing as the week goes on, Oxenreiter said. Wallace said he hopes to start Sunday.
The Steelers open the 2012 regular season Sunday in Denver at 8:20 p.m. You can watch the game on WPXI Channel 11.
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