ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 25: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reaches in to break up a pass intended for Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
James Harrison and Troy Polamalu will be out for a second consecutive week for the Pittsburgh Steelers in this Sunday's matchup against the Oakland Raiders, leaving the Steelers' defense without a pair of 2011 Pro Bowlers.
Harrison still hasn't played after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 15, while Polamalu was able to play Week 1 against Denver, but has been out since with a calf injury. Ryan Mundy will continue to replace Polamalu in the secondary while Jason Worilds, who missed the preseason with an injury of his own, will likely start over Chris Carter in Harrison's linebacker spot.
This isn't the end of the world for the Steelers' defense: they're coming off a performance where they held the New York Jets to only ten points without the pair, and face the lowly Raiders in their matchup next week before a bye week where both players will have an opportunity to heal. When the Steelers return to play Week 5, they'll hope to have Harrison and Polamalu as well as running back Rashard Mendenhall, who has yet to suit up this season.