Friday, December 20, 2013
Rodgers out, Keisel likely to play Sunday
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will take one decided advantage into their first meeting with the Packers since Super Bowl XLV: a relatively clean bill of health.
All of the Steelers dealing with injuries, including defensive end Brett Keisel, practiced Friday and are listed as probable for the 4:25 p.m. ET game on Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers, meanwhile, will be without Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers for at least another week.
The Packers have officially ruled out Rodgers, who broke his collarbone on Nov. 4, and Matt Flynn will again start in his place.
The difference between the two is huge, especially when it comes to the Steelers.
Rodgers lit up the Steelers the two previous times he played against them, including the Super Bowl win he led the Packers to in 2010.
Rodgers has thrown for 687 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in two games against the Steelers.
“He just knows where everybody is, and he’s so quick with the ball,” Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “He’s like (Dan) Marino the way he gets rid of the ball.”
Flynn has resuscitated his career since returning to Green Bay, and he has led the Packers to back-to-back comeback wins.
LeBeau said the Packers' offense hasn’t changed with Flynn playing quarterback.
“The ball’s out quick and they’re not dissimilar to the Bengals,” LeBeau said.
Keisel will likely be among the Steelers who play against the Flynn-led Packers offense.
Keisel (foot) practiced fully on Friday, and the 12th-year veteran is expected to play Sunday after missing all but a few snaps of the Steelers’ past five games because of plantar fasciitis.
Keisel is third on the Steelers with 23 quarterback pressures.