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Ike Taylor willing to do whatever it takes to help Steelers win

1/2/2015

PITTSBURGH -- All of the injured Pittsburgh Steelers players, with the exception of running back Le'Veon Bell, are listed as probable for the AFC wild-card game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

That includes strong safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor, each of whom practiced every day this week.

The two veterans have missed five combined games a the stretch in which the Steelers defensive backs have played their best ball of the season.

Taylor has acknowledged that, which is why it sounded like he will play behind starters William Gay and Brice McCain and nickel back Antwon Blake -- if he suits up at all against the Ravens.

“I’m feeling fresh but just watching my young guys go from third, fourth and fifth guys on the depth chart to first, second and third guys on the depth chart, that’s exciting,” Taylor said, “just seeing these young guys grow and make plays in game.”

Taylor has not played since coming out of the Steelers’ Dec. 7 win at Cincinnati after giving up an 81-yard touchdown catch to Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. The Steelers have held the 12th-year veteran out of the last three games because of forearm and shoulder injuries.

Taylor, who appears to be healthy enough to return, said he is fine with whatever the Steelers need him to do to win -- even if that means accepting a reduced role.

“I’m the coach, dad, player role. I’m the big-brother role,” Taylor said. “I’m whatever you need off the field role. If you need anything on the field before the game hey I’m going to Wal-Mart. That’s just the kind of bond we have.”