Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he's optimistic his two star defensive players to be ready when the Steelers (1-2) host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) on Sunday. Harrison hasn't played this season while recovering from left knee trouble while Polamalu has missed the last two games due to a strained right calf.
Both players practiced on Monday and barring a setback Pittsburgh could have its original starting defence available for the first time this season.
The Steelers have started 6-2 in each of Tomlin's five seasons and haven't lost back-to-back games since 2009. A loss would put them in an early hole behind AFC North front-runners Baltimore and Cincinnati, both 3-1.