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No suprises among Steelers inactives

November, 3, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There are no surprises among the Pittsburgh Steelers' healthy scratches Sunday.

Inside linebacker Kion Wilson is inactive for the second game in a row since the Steelers promoted him from the practice squad.

Wilson’s status just confirms that when the Steelers released Isaac Redman a couple of weeks ago they did so because they had no use for the veteran running back.

Wilson benefited from Redman’s release but if the Steelers really needed another linebacker on the 53-man roster he would have suited up in each or at least one of the past two games.

Also inactive for the Steelers are right guard David DeCastro (ankle), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger), cornerback Curtis Brown, nose tackle Hebron Fangupo, tight end Richard Gordon and quarterback Landry Jones.

Wheaton did some light catching with the other wide receivers a couple of hours before kickoff, and he appears to be moving closer to returning to the field.

Wheaton will miss his fourth game in a row after having surgery to fix a broken right pinkie.

The Patriots will be without top cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) while wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is inactive after playing just 14 snaps last Sunday.

Gilbert, Jones probable for Steelers

October, 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will still be a little beat up when they visit the Oakland Raiders on Sunday but they should be close to full strength as far as players available for the 4:05 p.m. ET game.

Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadriceps) and outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (concussion) are among the injured Steelers who are listed as probable for Sunday.

Jones has practiced all week, and Gilbert practiced fully on Friday for a second day in a row.

Also listed as probable for the Oakland game are inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (hand), left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ribs), defensive end Brett Keisel (ribs), outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (knee), defensive end Cameron Heyward (illness), left guard Ramon Foster (thumb), wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (abdomen) and tight end Heath Miller.

Miller was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, per a decision by coach Mike Tomlin, but he has been a full participant the past two days.

Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) and tight end Richard Gordon (toe) have been ruled out for Sunday.

They are the only Steelers players expected to miss the game.
  • The Steelers have restructured cornerback Ike Taylor's contract, a source told ESPN, freeing up around $3 million under the salary cap this year. The Steelers and Taylor agreed to turn his base salary this year into a signing bonus that can be spread over the remaining two years on his contract. The Steelers may still have to pay Isaac Redman close to $850,000 after releasing the fourth-year veteran last week. Redman signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract last April and the deal was not guaranteed. Redman, however, has the option of claiming the rest of the money on the contract via a termination payment that the collective bargaining allows players to exercise one time during their career.

  • All of the Steelers players were listed as full participants in practice Thursday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadricep), defensive end Brett Keisel (ribs), left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ribs), tight end Richard Gordon (toe) and tight end Heath Miller (coach's decision) had been limited Wednesday. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley was non-committal about Gilbert playing Sunday in Oakland, but Gilbert said he should be good to go against the Raiders. "Feeling great," he said.

  • Haley said he is happy with the Steelers' running backs and that goes beyond rookie Le'Veon Bell, who rushed for a career-high 93 yards in the Steelers' 19-16 win over the Ravens. "I like the way all of those guys go about their business," Haley said. "They are acting like professionals. When their number is called, they are getting things done for us. Guys are hungry and want to play. That's always a good thing."

    -- Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said the Steelers face a similar challenge in containing dual-threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor as they did last season when they faced Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. The 6-4, 233-pound Pryor's size and speed make him as difficult as any quarterback to tackle, LeBeau said. "He's like having another tailback in the game,” LeBeau said. "He's a great athlete." Pryor leads all AFC quarterbacks with 285 rushing yards but Ike Taylor said one thing the Steelers cornerbacks cannot do is peek into the backfield when they are covering a Raiders receiver. Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake calls that watching TV. Said Taylor, "You don't want to watch TV because nine times out of 10 its going to be on the wrong channel."

Jarvis Jones returns to practice

October, 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Jarvis Jones practiced for the first time since sustaining a concussion, and the rookie outside linebacker will play Sunday at Oakland, barring a setback.

The Steelers held Jones out of their 19-16 win against the Ravens even though he passed an ImPACT test late last week. Jones hasn’t experienced any symptoms from what he said was his first concussion.

“Clearly I’m fine,” Jones said. “I’m just going to continue to do what they ask me to do and just be ready when my opportunity comes.”

The Steelers did not play Jones against the Ravens after Dr. Micky Collins advised them to err on the side of caution following a check-up of Jones the day before the game.

A handful of Steelers who are battling through injuries were also full participants in the team’s first practice in preparation for the Raiders, including inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who is nursing a broken left hand.

Timmons is wearing a cast, and the injury isn’t expected to limit him against the Raiders or in the practices leading up to the 4:05 p.m. game on Sunday. Also practicing fully on Wednesday were outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (knee), defensive end Cameron Heyward (illness) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (abdomen).

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ribs), right tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadriceps), defensive end Brett Keisel (ribs) and tight end Heath Miller (coach's decision) were limited on Wednesday but all are expected to play against the Raiders.

Tight end Richard Gordon (toe) was also limited and he is questionable for Sunday.

Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) already has been ruled out for Sunday.

Broken hand won't sideline Timmons

October, 22, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers are still feeling the effects of their 19-16 win over the Ravens, and they will have to work through what coach Mike Tomlin called a “laundry list of injuries” as they prepare for a game at Oakland.

The Steelers got good and bad news on the injury front in regard to inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

Timmons, who tied a career-high with 17 tackles in the win over the Ravens, also broke his left hand in the second half of the game. He has been fitted for a cast and Tomlin said the seventh-year veteran is “ready to go.”

“He has full mobility in all of his fingers,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

Tomlin is optimistic that right tackle Marcus Gilbert will be able to play at Oakland and even practice this week even though he is dealing with a right quadriceps injury.

Gilbert re-aggravated the injury early in the Ravens game, and Guy Whimper played the rest of the way at right tackle.

A number of Steelers will be limited in practice this week, including left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ribs), outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (knee), defensive end Brett Keisel (ribs) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (abdomen).

Defensive end Cameron Heyward was sent home Monday because of an illness, but Tomlin said he is expected to play against the Raiders.

Rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) will miss his third consecutive game while tight end Richard Gordon (toe) is questionable for Sunday, Tomlin said.
PITTSBURGH -- Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was listed as a full participant in practice on Friday, and he should be cleared to play against the Baltimore Ravens provided he passes a battery of concussion tests prior to the Steelers’ 4:25 p.m. ET game Sunday at Heinz Field.

“I’m fine,” Jones said. “I got out there and ran around and did some things.”

Jones said he did not take part in any team drills, but he is optimistic about playing against the Ravens.

“I feel good today,” he said. “We’re still taking precautions and going through the process. We’ve still got two more days so we’ll see what they say.”

Jones was officially diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday night after reporting symptoms of the head injury to the Steelers on Monday night. He went through what the Steelers called an “exercise challenge” on Thursday and did well enough to practice fully on Friday.

The rookie is listed as questionable for the Steelers’ game against the Ravens, which reflects the cautious approach teams are mandated to take with players who are returning from a concussion.

Jason Worilds, who had five tackles and a sack in the Steelers' 19-6 win against the Jets last Sunday, will start at right outside linebacker if Jones is not cleared to play against the Ravens.

The Steelers are in otherwise good health as defensive end Brett Keisel (abdomen), outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadricep) are all listed as probable for Sunday.

Tight end Richard Gordon, signed by the Steelers on Tuesday, has been ruled out for the Ravens game because of a toe injury. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton had previously been ruled out for Sunday.

Wheaton will miss his second consecutive game as he recovers from surgery on his broken right pinkie.

Jones working way back from concussion

October, 17, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Jarvis Jones took part in what the Steelers called an “exercise challenge” Thursday as the starting outside linebacker tries to work his way back from a concussion that he sustained in the Steelers' 19-6 win over the Jets.

Jones, who was listed as a partial participant in practice, is going through concussion protocol after getting diagnosed with the dreaded head injury. Jones has to pass a battery of tests before he gets cleared to suit up Sunday, but the Steelers are hopeful that he will be able to play in the 4:25 p.m. ET game against the Ravens.

“The medical team will [handle] everything on that, but I’m optimistic,” Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “He’s pretty good. He has some symptoms of being hit and they watch those things pretty closely.”

Jones told Steelers doctors Monday night that he was dealing with lingering headaches, and that led to the concussion diagnosis Wednesday night. Jones did not practice Wednesday, and Friday will be a critical day for the Steelers’ 2013 first-round pick.

Young players who do not practice on Friday usually do not dress for a Sunday game.

In other injury news, defensive end Brett Keisel (abdomen), outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (knee) and tight end Heath Miller (coach's decision) were full participants in practice after all were limited in drills on Wednesday.

Starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadricep) was limited in practice for a second consecutive day. Newly signed tight end Richard Gordon (toe) did not practice Thursday putting his availability for Sunday in doubt.

Mike Tomlin's take on Steelers

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

-- 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.