Steelers linebacker James Harrison told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that he will return for this weekend's game after missing all of the preseason and Week 1 with a left knee injury.
But Harrison's words aren't backing up his actions just yet. Harrison didn't practice again Thursday, putting his status in doubt for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
Recent history says the Steelers would be hurt more by the loss of Polamalu. When he missed time in 2009 and 2010, the Steelers went 6-7. Last season, when Harrison was out five games (four for injury and one due to suspension), the Steelers went 4-1.