Rookie linebacker LaMarr Woodley
registered his fourth sack of the season Sunday. That's the most by a Steelers rookie since '01, when Kendrell Bell
started and had nine as the NFL's defensive rookie of the year.
Woodley, though, did not start a game and missed three with a nagging hamstring injury. His four sacks, nevertheless, were tied for third on the team and that has earned him more playing time, according to Tomlin.
"With the limited snaps he has got, he has shown he can be productive," the coach said. "Part of the reason he hasn't been in as much as we have liked or he would like is because he has been battling injury, from a hamstring standpoint, off and on over the middle and latter portion of the season.
"He is healthy now, so we are playing him. His production and play is more a product of him being healthy, as opposed to any change in our mentality of what he is capable of."