James Harrison Has Knee Surgery: Fantasy Implications

ORCHARD PARK NY - NOVEMBER 28: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rises after hitting Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills during their game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28 2010 in Orchard Park New York. Harrison was flagged for roughing the passer during the play. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

James Harrison has undergone left knee surgery. We break down the fantasy implications.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison, the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, underwent arthroscopic knee surgeryWednesday morning. Harrison has been on the preseason PUP list during camp because of irritation behind his left knee cap and this surgery would hopefully correct that and allow him to return in time to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night of week one.

Fantasy Implications: From an individual defensive player standpoint, there are few linebackers quite like Harrison. He has accumulated 54 sacks over the last five seasons since becoming a starter in 2007. Since that time, he's made four Pro Bowls and had nine sacks in only eleven games last season. It doesn't seem likely that Harrison will miss a significant chunk of time, based on reports, but he is now 34 and we really don't know much about the extent of the damage at this time. I would hold off on drafting Harrison in IDP leagues.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind the Steel Curtain and SBNation Pittsburgh.

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