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James Harrison, Troy Polamalu will be out, report says


Stop us if you've heard this before: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu didn't practice.

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Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported both players sat out Thursday's sessions. Neither is expected to play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, according to Sporting News.

Polamalu missed his fifth consecutive practice with a calf injury, and Harrison has been sidelined for weeks with discomfort in his knee. The Steelers didn't need either player to subdue the New York Jets in Week 2, and the Raiders, on paper, loom as one of Pittsburgh's less nettlesome opponents early in the season.

The Steelers have their bye in Week 4, which would allow Harrison and Polamalu a hearty rest before the Philadelphia Eagles come to town Oct. 7.

In their absence, Ryan Mundy would take Polamalu's place against Oakland, and second-year pro Chris Carter would fill in for Harrison, with Jason Worilds seeing increased snaps.

We know this about the Steelers: Few teams do a better job of getting their reserves ready for action.

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