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Monday, December 5, 2011
Woodley might platoon rest of the year

By Jamison Hensley

Here's the good news for the Steelers: Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley should be ready to play Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns after tweaking his hamstring Sunday.

Here's the bad news for Pittsburgh: The team's sacks leader might not be an every-down player for the rest of the year. Woodley could end up in a platoon situation with Jason Worilds.

"You've got to be smart about the hamstring injuries and can't play the entire game anyway," Woodley told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It's a rotation that's probably going to be going on the rest of the year."

Woodley sat out the final three quarters after his hamstring got "tired" -- according to the linebacker -- and the Steelers decided to sit him as a precaution. The plan had been to split snaps between Woodley and Worilds on Sunday.

While he might not be ready to play a full game, Woodley doesn't intend on sitting out against the Browns.

"I plan on going out there and playing again on Thursday, but you have to take the [cautious] approach," Woodley said.

The outlook doesn't seem as positive for right guard Ramon Foster, who sprained his right ankle. He would be replaced by Trai Essex.