The Pittsburgh Steelers activated linebackers James Harrison and Jason Worilds yesterday. The move was expected because players who begin the regular season on the physically unable to perform list must stay there for at least six weeks.
What is a surprise is the news that both men will be in uniform when the Steelers begin their quest for Lombardi Number Seven vs. the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football during the season opener.
Neither Worilds nor Harrison has as much worn a pair of shoulder pads nor played a down of preseason football.
Jason Ford Released
The Steelers woes at running back continue. First they lost newly designated fullback David Johnson. Then John Clay fell. Starter Isaac Redman has had groin/hip and now ankle injuries throughout camp. Jonathan Dwyer has even been dinged. The Steelers even had to move Rashard Mendenhall’s PUP activation up ahead of schedule.
Now they’re losing the guys they brought in to spell the players who’re starting for the starters and primary backups (and yes, that is intended to sound confusing.) Running back Jason Ford, whose rushing style Hines Ward compared to that of Jerome Bettis, injured his hamstring in the Steelers preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
As LaMarr Woodley discovered in 2011, hamstrings heal at their own time frame, and unfortunately for Ford’s NFL dreams, his is not healing quickly enough to give him a chance to put himself over the top in the Steelers preseason finale as the Steelers waived him yesterday.