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Steelers Vs. Ravens: James Harrison Says He Won't Play In Pivotal Week 8 Matchup

The injury news has been flying fast and furious on Monday following the Pittsburgh Steelers 25-17 win on Sunday over the New England Patriots. First we learned that James Farrior could be out for a month with a torn calf muscle. The ageless Farrior sat out Week 7, his first missed game since 2005. Then news about LaMarr Woodley's hamstring was brought to light by Ed Bouchette of the Post Gazette. Woodley had said on his Facebook page that he had every intention of playing against the Ravens after missing much of the second half with a hamstring injury. Apparently though Woodley is likely to sit out at least week to help the recovery process.

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Finally, James Harrison was believed to be close to ready to returning from the broken eye sustained in Pittsburgh's Week 5 win over Indianapolis. Not so fast. Harrison himself said that he won't be suiting up against the Ravens after consulting with doctors on Monday.

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Saw the doctor today. Looks like I won't be playing this weekend but at least I'm cleared for practice. Worst case scenario I'll be back after the bye for sure.

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As disappointing as that might be, it's the smart thing to do. Rest up, get back out there on the practice field, and be ready to kick some serious butt once the Steelers return from their bye week for the home stretch of the 2011 season. As problematic as it might be this Sunday, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea for Woodley to sit this one out as well. God knows we'll need both of them down the stretch and come playoff time. At 6-2, the Steelers have at least somewhat of a margin for error this next few weeks.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.