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LaMarr Woodley, Stevenson Sylvester miss Wednesday practice

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Steelers’ Stevenson Sylvester Wants Special Teams Penalties Corrected

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)Steelers’ linebacker Stevenson Sylvester joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on The FAN to discuss his season, and the Steelers speci…

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Steelers Injury Report: Harrison, Polamalu, Mendenhall & Sylvester All Out Against Raiders

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The Friday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is in as Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reports via Twitter that linebacker James Harrison (knee), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) all are out for the game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Wide receiver Mike Wallace…

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Steelers Injury Report: Redman, Cotchery, Keisel & Sylvester Still Sidelined Tuesday

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (back), defensive end Brett Keisel (ankle), running back Isaac Redman (ankle) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) all did not practice for a second straight day. Keisel suffered a mild high ankle sprain in the game Saturday against the Buffalo Bill…

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Steelers LB Stevenson Sylvester Told Not To Talk About His Knee Injury

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Wednesday via Twitter that linebacker Stevenson Sylvester was off limits to the media today and that he was told not to discuss his knee injury. Sylvester did say that he hurt his knee during Saturday’s “walkthrough” at St. Vincent College, according to Mark Kaboly.


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Report: Steelers LB Stevenson Sylvester Out With Torn MCL In Knee

The injury bug is back and this time it has hit Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, as according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he will be out three to four weeks after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his knee.

Sylvester was considered to be the top backup to inside linebacker Larry Foote at the BUCK posit…

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Getting to Know the 2012 Steelers: LB Stevenson Sylvester

PRO (31-1/4-0): Drafted by the Steelers as their third of three selections in the fifth round (166th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. 2011 (15-1/1-0): 9/11 at Baltimore: Saw action on special teams…9/18 vs. Seattle: Saw action on special teams, recording one special teams tackle…9/25 at Indianapolis: Saw action on special teams…10/2 at Houston…

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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Competition: ILBs Stevenson Sylvester vs. Sean Spence

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 19:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets is tackled by Stevenson Sylvester #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 19 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

We liked what we heard from Stevenson Sylvester in the interview we did with him this spring. Part of it was about his focus. In losing captain and longtime starter James Farrior, leadership will be lacking on the defensive side of the ball. Sylvester heads into training camp as the back-up to starting buck inside linebacker Larry Foote, and could find himself in a starting role at some point.

He’s going to have to look both up at Foote and down at rookie Sean Spence, who was said to have looked pretty good at the buck position during OTAs and minicamps.

The Steelers drafted Spence, saying he would be groomed to play the mack linebacker spot, behind starter Lawrence Timmons. As any smart staff would do, though, they used him in a few different roles, but they saw enough to suggest Spence could potentially play what’s more commonly seem as a strong-side, gap-filling buck instead of the flow-to-the-ball mack spot.

Sylvester has been with the team for the last three years, getting his first start last year against New England. While Sylvester didn’t look his best during that game, he played a good number of snaps in Week 9 against Baltimore, and held his own a bit more.

It’s difficult to see Foote being replaced any time soon. His experience in the defense is a critical component to the position. It is responsible for pre-snap adjustments and communication with the other 10 defenders on the field. While Sylvester continues to learn those nuances, the battle between he and Spence will come more in sub-package possibilities. Spence is the better athlete of the two, but is smaller and has far less experience in the terminology of the defense and the players around him.

Spence’s skill is really in coverage, and his size almost suggests he’s a really large safety as opposed to even a weakside linebacker. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin loves athletes, and the selection of Spence, not to mention the selection of Timmons (his first-ever draft pick in 2007), another smaller but insanely athletic linebacker, confirms that.

As far as the nickel package goes, Foote was off the field in that spot last year. Both Sylvester and Spence are faster than Foote is, and the competition between the two will most likely come on passing downs, when the distinction between mack and buck grays a bit.

Seeing the two of them do battle will probably bleed from camp into the season, and could even extend to next season, when Foote likely will not be back in a Steelers uniform.

Odds favor Sylvester by a bit at this point, but it’s hard to keep a good athlete off the field. Spence could see time this year in specialty situations.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester Could Be the Answer at Inside Linebacker

As the days before training camp come to a crawl, fans always have the solace of dissecting different positions and determining who the starters will be. Of course, one of the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers is who will assume the mantle at inside linebacker after the release of veteran inside linebacker James Farrior at the start of the free agency period.The battle for Farrior’s position will be one of the biggest battles this offseason with veterans Larry Foote and Stevenson Sylvester fighting it out. Going into camp, Foote appears to have the inside track, after lining up with the starters during the OTA sessions and mini-camp. Foote is well versed in the defense and has started inside earlier in his career before being replaced by Lawrence Timmons. However, he is getting up there in age as well, and could be in his last years in the black and gold.
Sylvester is younger and more athletic and will have a chance to build on the impressive spurts the team saw last …

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Is Stevenson Sylvester ready to take Farrior’s spot?

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"I feel like I’m the linebacker of the future," Stevenson Sylvester said. "I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I’m confident I can do this job."

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