With their team floundering at 1-2 and looking up at more than one team in the AFC North for the first time in a while, the Pittsburgh Steelers will finally be back at full strength when they face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who has posted multiple 1,000 yard seasons, will be making his season debut after tearing his ACL on January first of 2012. Linebacker James Harrison will also be playing in his first game of the 2012 season, as he comes off of minor knee surgery.
Safety Troy Polamalu has missed 3 weeks, this season after injuring his calf in the season opener vs. the Denver Broncos. The return of the defenders Polamalu and Harrison will likely have the biggest impact, as the Steelers offense hasn’t particularly struggled this season, even with the absence of Mendenhall. The defense, however, has given up fourth quarter leads in back to back games this year. With the Eagles penchant for giving the ball away and Polamalu’s uncanny ability to almost always end up with the ball, his return from injury couldn’t have come at a better time.
All three players will officially be listed as Probable for the upcoming game.