Mike Tomlin's take on Steelers

October, 15, 2013
10/15/13
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PITTSBURGH -- Here are some highlights from Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s weekly news conference:

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-- Defensive end Brett Keisel is dealing with more of a muscle issue than a rib injury, but the 12th-year veteran is expected to play against the Ravens after practicing on a limited basis during the week. The same, Tomlin said, applies to outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who is dealing with inflammation in his knee. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) will miss his second consecutive game.

-- Tomlin said the Steelers opted to promote Isaiah Green from the practice squad rather than sign an offensive tackle to take Levi Brown’s spot on the roster because he can help them in special teams. The Steelers signed tight end Richard Gordon, who worked out for them Monday, to take David Johnson’s spot on the roster, Tomlin said, because the two have similar skill sets.

-- Inside linebacker Sean Spence, who suffered a career-threatening knee injury in a 2012 preseason game, will practice on a limited basis this week after coming off the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Tomlin said there is a chance Spence, who will take part in individual drills this week, could play this season.

-- Somersaulting into the end zone is apparently a thing of the past for Steelers players. Tomlin put the kibosh on it after wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders vaulted into the end zone at the end of a 55-yard catch against the Jets last Sunday. “There’s a potential for injury,” Tomlin said. “It’s silly.”

-- Tomlin said he had “no idea” if his ban on playing games in the Steelers’ locker room had any correlation to the 19-6 win against the Jets. Tomlin also said he hasn’t given any thought about whether to lift the ban.

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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