James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Rashard Mendenhall Ruled Out For Week 3

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field after a time out against the New York Jets during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Steelers will continue to sit three key players.

Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, and Rashard Mendenhall have all been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, according to Mark Kaboly.

Harrison is still recovering from knee surgery, and has yet to see any action in 2012. The Steelers do not know when he will be back.

Polamalu played in Week 1, and injured his calf. After sitting out last week, he has still not returned to practice.

Even without two key defensive players, the Steelers managed to shut down the Jets last weekend. They held quarterback Mark Sanchez to just 10 completions and 138 yards.

The Steelers will also be without running back Rashard Mendenhall for the third straight week. Mendenhall was a full participant in practice this week, but the Steelers are being cautious with his return.

The Steelers may not consider the Raiders to be too much of a threat, and with a Week 4 bye, they may just be getting their players extra rest.

For more on the Steelers, head over to Behind the Steel Curtain and check out SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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