Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Injured Steelers Should Play vs. Eagles

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three Injured Steelers Should Play vs. Eagles

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The Steelers should have something at Heinz Field Sunday that hasn't been seen since New Year's Day: James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Rashard Mendenhall all playing together again.

Coach Mike Tomlin said today that he is optimistic that Harrison and Polamalu will play on defense together for the first time since their playoff loss in Denver in January. And he implied that Mendenhall will play for the first time since his ACL was torn Jan. 1 in the 2011 regular season finale at Cleveland.

"All the guys have performed well and have been able to get through practice. We're optimistic that they're going to be full participants," Tomlin said.

The last hurdle for Mendenhall to get the all-go for Sunday is a knee strength test. Coaches have been impressed with his cutting and running since he joined them in full practices before the season opener. Mendenhall could provide a boost to the Steelers running game, which ranks 31st in the 32-team NFL.

-- Ed Bouchette, The Pittsburgh Press

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