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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Keisel, Foster, Woodley on track to return

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH -- Coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic that the Pittsburgh Steelers will get three starters back for their 1 p.m. ET game Sunday at Cleveland.

Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (calf), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) and left guard Ramon Foster (ankle) will be limited in practice this week, but Tomlin said he “anticipates” all three returning to action against the Browns.

None of the three played in the Steelers’ 37-27 win against the Lions last Sunday.

Tomlin is also hopeful wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be able to play Sunday despite a foot injury that knocked the fourth-year veteran out of the Lions game.

Sanders will try to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday.

“He’s feeling much better than he was on Sunday,” Tomlin said.

If Sanders is unable to play, a combination of Jerricho Cotchery, Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye will replace him.

Safety Shamarko Thomas (ankle) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester are doubtful for the Browns game, Tomlin said.

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (hip) and center Fernando Velasco (knee) are among those who will be limited in practice, but each is expected to play in Cleveland.

Tight end Matt Spaeth is getting his foot evaluated Tuesday, and he could try to practice this week. Spaeth is on the short-term injured reserve list because of a Lisfranc injury.