Steelers LB Harrison sick, pushes back surgery to next Monday

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrisonconfirmed Monday on Twitter that he was too sick to undergo back surgery, which was postponed until next week.

"Couldn't have surgery today cause I'm sick and running a fever so we are set to try it again next Monday," Harrison wrote.

Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier Monday that the procedure on his client's lower back will be "very routine."

"They do not anticipate any difficulties," Parise said. "He's going to be fine."

Parise added that Harrison should be able to train again four to six weeks after surgery.

Harrison is coming off another impressive season in which he had 10.5 sacks. He also was fined $100,000 by the NFL for illegal hits this season.

Harrison was chosen the NFL Defensive Player of the Year after the 2008 season, and he capped that campaign with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII.

The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker was unhappy with his performance in Super Bowl XLV earlier this month.

"I don't feel anything but pain," he said after the Steelers' 31-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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