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LatrobePA
01-03-2012, 03:31 PM
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Tuesday with Tomlin

Mike Tomlin didn't hedge on this one: Ryan Clark will not play when the Steelers travel to Denver Sunday for the opening round of the NFL playoffs.

Clark will miss his second consecutive game in Denver after suffering through an episode of illness following playing there in 2007.

Clark carries the gene for sickle cell anemia and the high altitude there coupled with the physical strain of playing there that year forced him to miss the final 10 games of the season after he lost 30 pounds and had to have his gall bladder and spleen removed.

Ryan Mundy will get the start at free safety.

In other news, Tomlin said the hamstring injury suffered by Keenan Lewis does not appear to be serious and he should play against the Broncos.

In fact, the only players Tomlin said were questionable were cornerback Cortez Allen (forearm) and running back Mewelde Moore.

Doug Legursky is expected to return and start at left guard.

If the Steelers add a running back because Moore is unable to play, it would be Chad Spann, a rookie from Northern Illinois who is on the practice squad.

LatrobePA
01-04-2012, 11:12 AM
Carter on IR; Spann activated
Posted 50 minutes ago

a a Chris Carter Placed on the Reserve/Injured List; Chad Spann Added to Active Roster
The Steelers have placed rookie linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) on their Reserve/Injured List, the team announced today.



Carter, the Steelers’ 2011 NFL fifth-round draft pick from Fresno State University, saw action in eight games this season, primarily on special teams. Carter recorded one defensive tackle and one special teams tackle.



Replacing Carter on the active roster will be rookie running back Chad Spann. Spann, an undrafted rookie free agent from the Northern Illinois University, has been on the Steelers’ practice squad since Week 15. Prior to joining the Steelers, Spann spent time with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2011 preseason but was released prior to the start of the season. He then signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad before being signed by the Steelers.



Replacing Spann’s spot in the practice squad is running back Albert Young. Young, a third-year player, spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the start of the 2011 season. Young originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Iowa. During his two seasons on the active roster, Young accumulated 82 rushing yards.

K Train
01-04-2012, 11:17 AM
any news on cortez?

coldrolled
01-04-2012, 12:03 PM
any news on cortez?

i read he has a bad forearm...... questionable...

LatrobePA
01-04-2012, 12:06 PM
Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Doug Legursky are slated to return to action Sunday in Denver. The Steelers, however, could be without cornerback Cortez Allen and running back Mewelde Moore, compromising their depth in the secondary and on special teams.

Allen, who dislocated his shoulder last Sunday in Cleveland, is "questionable at best" to play in the Steelers' wild-card playoff game against the Broncos, coach Mike Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference.

The same is true of Moore, who has missed the last two games because of a knee injury.

With Rashard Mendenhall out for the season because of a torn ACL, the Steelers have two healthy running backs on their 53-man roster, Isaac Redman and John Clay.

Tomlin said the Steelers have no plans to sign a running back "at this time." Signing rookie running back Chad Spann from the practice squad could be an option for the Steelers, depending on how Moore progresses this week.

With Allen ailing, the Steelers have signed special-teams standout Anthony Madison.

Madison has spent time with the Steelers every season since 2006, and he will play the gunner position on punt coverage if Allen is unable to play against the Broncos.

Madison has taken Mendenhall's place on the 53-man roster.

Woodley has not played a full game since hurting his hamstring Oct. 30 against the New England Patriots. Tomlin said the Steelers will monitor him this week to see if they need to keep him on a snap count in Denver.

Legursky returns after missing the Cleveland game because of a shoulder injury and Tomlin said there is a "strong chance" that he will return to his starting spot at left guard.

Tomlin said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has not experienced any setbacks as he works his way through a high-ankle sprain. Roethlisberger played the entire way in Cleveland after sitting out the Steelers' 27-0 win over the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 24.

"I'm not overly concerned about his physical state and preparation for this game," Tomlin said.




Read more: Woodley, Legursky slated to return for Steelers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_774782.html?_s_icmp=NetworkHeadlines#ixzz1iVgvCd OO