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fordfixer
12-01-2010, 02:51 AM
Keisel, Eason, McFadden expected to play Sunday
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 11684.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_711684.html)

• Defensive ends Brett Keisel and Nick Eason and cornerback Bryant McFadden are expected to play Sunday in an AFC North showdown in Baltimore.

Keisel has missed five games since the middle of October with hamstring and calf problems. McFadden (hamstring) and Eason (sprained knee) were each knocked out of the Steelers’ 19-16 overtime win last Sunday with injuries.

McFadden could be limited in practice this week but is on track to play against the Ravens.“When you’re dealing with a hamstring, it can be a little more problematic,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. Wide receiver Antonio Brown, who did not play last Sunday because of a bad knee, is also expected to be available Sunday. Tomlin said tight end Matt Spaeth, who was out last Sunday because of a concussion, will take a battery of post-concussion tests today.

• If Brown is healthy, both he and Emmanuel Sanders could dress against the Ravens. The two have competed weekly for one game-day roster spot for most of the season. Both played against the Raiders two weeks ago when the Steelers dressed six wide receivers. “There very well may be two dogs and two bones,” Tomlin said about the possibility of Brown and Sanders both playing against the Ravens.

• The Steelers have been penalized 24 times for 270 yards in their past two games but Tomlin declined to discuss what concerns he may have voiced with the NFL in regard to penalties. “I want to leave the official evaluation process that goes on in every city around the league between myself and the league,” Tomlin said.

tomlin's take

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on ...

Sunday night's game in Baltimore, with first place in the AFC North on the line:

"If you want to be a division winner, you've got to go on the road and win division games. They did earlier in the year to us. The secret in this thing is that there's no secrets. If you want to be a dominant team, if you want to be a good team, you've got to take your show on the road in hostile environments, against known opponents, against familiar opponents and make the significant plays that are necessary to win."

The Ravens having All-Pro safety Ed Reed, who didn't play against the Steelers on Oct. 3 because of a hip injury:

"We all know what Ed Reed means: proceed with caution when attacking them vertically down the field because time and time again he shows he's capable of making plays. He surveys that field, but he's a sideline-to-sideline capable guy. We didn't have (quarterback) Ben (Roethlisberger) last game, they didn't have Ed Reed. Those two things probably cancel each other out."

Cornerback William Gay, who was credited with four passes defended and a forced fumble in the Steelers' 19-16 overtime win over the Bills:

"I thought William Gay specifically responded to the challenge. He was competitive, he was combative. He made plays, he challenged throws. His play was as significant as Troy's on Troy's interception because he made the initial breakup. William Gay stepped up and made some significant plays."

Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson's dropped touchdown pass in overtime:

"It was a really good route and an even better throw, and thankfully he didn't catch it. But I don't worry about those things. I thought (Steelers wide receiver) Emmanuel Sanders had an opportunity to catch and run and score and in regulation, where no one of those (overtime) plays even exist. I'm not going to cry about our drop. I hope they don't cry about theirs."

fordfixer
12-01-2010, 02:51 AM
Steelers' Roethlisberger slated to play against Ravens
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 11576.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_711576.html)

Barring a setback, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start Sunday night in a crucial AFC North game at Baltimore.

Roethlisberger sprained his right foot in the Steeler' 19-16 overtime win against the Bills and he is wearing a protective boot on it.

But coach Mike Tomlin said today that the injury may limit Roethlisberger only in practice during the early part of the week. Tomlin said Roethlisberger could be a full participant in practice tomorrow.

"There is going to be some pain and discomfort," Tomlin said of Roethlisberger's injury. "We'll see where the week takes us."

Good news on the injury front for the Steelers goes beyond Roethlisberger's status for the game, which will determine first place in the AFC North.

Defensive ends Brett Keisel (calf) and Nick Eason (knee) and starting cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) all are on track to play Sunday, Tomlin said.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) also is expected back after missing last Sunday's game, and Tomlin said both he and fellow rookie Emmanuel Sanders could dress against the Ravens.

fordfixer
12-01-2010, 02:55 AM
O-line Facing Potential Shakeups
Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 13 vs Steelers
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The Ravens offensive line essentially played the second half of their 17-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without two starters, and the status of left tackle Michal Oher and right guard Chris Chester is still in question this week.

Against the pass-rushing talents of the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, the Ravens could have some uneasy issues on an offensive line.

There was no immediate update regarding Oher’s sprained knee in Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh’s Monday press conference, and Harbaugh said that he would take a wait-and-see approach with Chester’s skin infection.

With their patchwork unit, which featured Tony Moll in for Chester and Oniel Cousins subbing for Oher, the Ravens allowed the Bucs to log four sacks and five hits of quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Ravens are circling the wagons along their front wall.

“As an offensive line, you can’t make excuses,” said left guard Ben Grubbs. “Tony has done a hell of a job. Oniel did a good job [Sunday]. We have to keep moving no matter who’s in there.”

The Steelers’ defense is currently tied for second in the NFL with 32 sacks. A healthier offensive line saw success against them earlier this year.

In Week 3, Oher shut down former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, and Yanda stymied linebacker LaMarr Woodley. That pass-rushing duo has combined for 16 ½ sacks in 2010, but the Ravens’ starting bookends largely got it done in one-on-one situations.

If Oher is not set to play, Cousins would likely be tasked to protect Flacco’s blind side. It was around this time last year – a 23-20 Steelers win on Dec. 27 – when Cousins started for the Ravens at right tackle and Woodley logged two sacks off his edge (Moll also filled in briefly when Cousins got injured).

Should the two backups fill in this weekend, the Ravens could do some things to negate Pittsburgh’s threat off the edges, such as keep a tight end on the line to block, or chip rushers with a running back.

Still, Harbaugh said Moll and Cousins both played “solid football” last Sunday.

“Tony gives you value because he can do a lot of things,” Harbaugh explained. “He plays all five positions across the front. I thought he did a solid job at right guard. Oniel came in and was physical – especially in the run game. He held up pretty well in pass protection, too.”

For his part, Flacco believes his jersey will stay clean in his upcoming Sunday Night Football matchup, regardless of who is in front of him.

“No matter who you have in there on the offensive line, there are going to be times when they’re going to get theirs and they’re going to make plays,” said Flacco, who has taken 23 sacks all season. “We’ll be ready for that no matter what. We’ll do our things to make sure we game plan for it and protect ourselves.”