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Worilds out, Sanders to play

December, 29, 2013
12/29/13
12:20
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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without their leading pass-rusher Sunday against the Cleveland Browns as outside linebacker Jason Worilds is inactive because of an abdominal injury. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is playing despite a sprained knee that knocked him out of the second half of the Packers game last Sunday.

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The Steelers are dressing an extra wide receiver as insurance as Derek Moye is active.

Sanders is among those who could be playing in their final game for the Steelers today as he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The Steelers need to beat the Browns and also get wins from the Jets, Bengals and Chiefs to make the playoffs.

In addition to Worilds, who will be replaced at left outside linebacker by Chris Carter, linebacker Terence Garvin, nose tackle Hebron Fangupo, cornerback Isaiah Green, defensive Brian Arnfelt, quarterback Landry Jones and center David Snow are inactive for the Steelers.

A steady raining is falling in Pittsburgh, and the grounds crew took the tarp off the field a little before 11 a.m. ET.
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made sure to lavish praise on Le'Veon Bell a couple of days after the rookie running back rushed for just 34 yards in the Week 6 win over the Jets.

After Bell gashed the Ravens for 93 yards last Sunday, Tomlin, unprompted and with a noticeable edge, asked: "Any questions about Le'Veon Bell?"

Tomlin may not be sensitive to outside criticism but he acknowledged that it could affect younger players such as Bell. That is why he gave the former Michigan State star a public vote of confidence.

"I felt the need to assure him that he's doing the right things, that's he's doing what we're asking him to do in a manner of which we ask him to do it," Tomlin said Tuesday. "I don't want him listening to the elevator music. I want him to listen to what matters and that's the opinion of the people that evaluate him."

Here are other notable topics that Tomlin addressed at his weekly news conference:
  • The Steelers released running back Isaac Redman and signed Kion Wilson, Tomlin said, because the latter gives them more flexibility on special teams. Wilson also provides depth at linebacker with Jarvis Jones coming back from a concussion. Tomlin did not provide an update on Jones and said the team will know more about his status Wednesday.
  • Tomlin said the offensive line played well against the Ravens, but asked if it has jelled, he said, "It would be premature to say that. Largely how they do and how we do is going to be determined how we move forward." Tomlin said pre-snap penalties are a concern, and he attributed those to the struggles the Steelers' offense has had in the red zone.
  • Zoltan Mesko's only punt against the Ravens covered just 36 yards and ended up as a net kick of 24 yards. Tomlin said Mesko's inconsistency has been an issue and that he has had a "junior varsity punt" in each of the last three games. "We need more consistency there," Tomlin said.
  • The decision Sunday to dress Isaiah Green over Curtis Brown resulted from Tomlin wanting to get the latter's attention. "Curtis is a top-flight special teams player but hadn't been playing that way over the last several weeks," Tomlin said.
  • Tomlin said he was told there was no "mechanism" in place to review the kickoff return after officials ruled that Emmanuel Sanders stepped out of bounds on the way to the end zone. Had the ruling on the field been a touchdown it would have automatically been reviewed. Asked if the proper time was put back on the clock after the ball was placed on the Steelers' 34-yard line, Tomlin said, "I have no idea. I was too pissed to notice."

Steelers play it safe with Jarvis Jones

October, 20, 2013
10/20/13
3:45
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PITTSBURGH -- Right outside linebacker Jarvis Jones will miss his first NFL game after suffering a concussion in the Steelers’ 19-6 win over the Jets last Sunday.

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That Jones is among the seven Steelers inactives today does not necessarily mean he didn’t receive medical clearance to play against the Ravens. The Steelers may have de-activated Jones as a precaution, especially after he said he did not take part in any team drills on Friday, even though the team listed him as a full participant in practice.

Jason Worilds will start in place of Jones.

Just as noteworthy is the Steelers are dressing eight offensive linemen today with Mike Adams and Cody Wallace joining Guy Whimper as the backups. The decision reflects the Steelers’ desire to leave Kelvin Beachum at left tackle if there is an in-game injury along the line.

It is also an indication that coach Mike Tomlin learned his lesson last week after a pregame injury to Levi Brown left the Steelers with six offensive linemen while a dislocated wrist sidelined tight end and emergency offensive tackle David Johnson early in first quarter.

Running back Isaac Redman, who opened the season as a starter, is inactive for a third consecutive game. Cornerback Isaiah Green got the nod over Curtis Brown, who is not dressing today.

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