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    Steelers vs Titans injury updates

    NOTES -- Defensive end Brett Keisel "hopefully" will play Sunday, Tomlin said, after missing three games with a sprained knee, while Marvel Smith's situation is "status quo," which means he likely will miss a 10th consecutive game with back problems. Tomlin said "we came out of the game pretty healthy" and "this is as encouraging an injury situation as we've had in a while coming out of a football game." He did not mention anything about safety Ryan Clark, who was spotted at the South Side facility on crutches yesterday.

    http://post-gazette.com/pg/08352/935609-66.stm
    Clark on crutches? What the hell? I would really really really hate to miss him, but if he is hurt, i really do not hope they'll play him against Titans and Browns. We'll need him big time in the play-offs.

    as for Titans:

    Bad news for the Titans: Albert Haynesworth has been ruled out of at least the last two games of the regular season, and possibly eliminated from the playoffs due to a knee injury he sustained in the waning minutes of the Titans-Texans game Sunday.

    To add insult to injury, Kyle Vanden Bosch has also been ruled out of next Sunday's match-up against the red-hot, gritty, looking-for-the-No. 1-seed-in-the-AFC Steelers.

    Could it get any worse? Sure could: with weather the way it has been recently in Nashville, it just might snow during next week's game at LP Field, and with the legions of Steelers fans that reside in the Titan's hometown this could turn out to resemble a home game on the road for the Steelers.

    Make no mistake: the Titans still own the NFL's best record, and they didn't get there by playing college teams. They got there through the outstanding play of their LARGE defensive line, the great backside support of their defensive backfield, and the solid, workmanlike effort of the offense under the veteran leadership of Kerry Collins.

    And they have stayed relatively healthy for the first 14 games of the season.

    But now they have issues: SERIOUS issues.

    Haynesworth is a beast; how many 6'6", 320 men do you know who can move like he does? He is an absolute force field on the defensive line; it's almost as if runners get close to him and bounce backwards.

    Vanden Bosch is another monster. 6'4" and 245, he is a defensive end you cannot ignore. His quickness almost requires that you commit two people to block him at all times, or your quarterback will get to know him entirely too well. Just his presence causes running backs to add an extra 5-10 yards onto runs around his side of the line, if only so they don't get close enough for him to maul them.

    With these two power players out of the lineup, the Titans have almost no one to turn to. Dave Ball can move inside, but he does not have the ability or reputation to occupy two offensive linemen the way Haynesworth can.

    Jason Jones is a rookie DE; he'll be preoccupied trying to figure out how to get to the quarterback, and by the time he figures it out, the play will be over.

    Kevin Vickerson? Out due to violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

    William Hayes? Listed as inactive for the Steelers game.

    Jacob Ford? He'll be pulling double duty relieving Kearse and Ball, so no way he can go inside.

    With Willie Parker getting healthier every week, Mewelde Moore averaging four yards per carry, and Gary Russell ready to come in for either in relief, Pittsburgh is primed to have one of it's best rushing games of the season.

    Historically, the Steelers are almost unbeatable if they have a 100-yard rusher and Roethlisberger throws for 200 or more yards. Big Ben's average yards per game during their current win streak? 236 yards, with only one game under 200.

    With a 320-pound hole in their defense, this could spell D-O-O-M for the Titans.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/9...r-the-steelers
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    Getting Keisel back is going to be huge for the DL like we've been saying not only from a pass rush standpoint but also run stopping. We'll need all hands on deck to make this stretch run and head into the postseason.

    I haven't heard anything about Clark or read anything about him being injured so it might just be precautionary.

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    Saw that in the article as well but have not been able to find anything out.

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    I'm sure Clark is fine but he might not play in the final two regular season games....Players have stepped in all year in place of injured starters on defense and the defense has kept rolling.....I think we will win out with or without Ryan Clark....But it would be sweet to have in him in there since he is an important and really under-rated part of this defense......But I rather him rest up for the play-offs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black@Gold Forever32 View Post
    I'm sure Clark is fine but he might not play in the final two regular season games....Players have stepped in all year in place of injured starters on defense and the defense has kept rolling.....I think we will win out with or without Ryan Clark....But it would be sweet to have in him in there since he is an important and really under-rated part of this defense......But I rather him rest up for the play-offs....
    Agreed. Anybody who needs it should be resting at this point. The #1 seed is not worth not making it to and winning the SB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejsteeler View Post
    Agreed. Anybody who needs it should be resting at this point. The #1 seed is not worth not making it to and winning the SB.
    Agreed. Is it only me who think Clark have been looking a little banged up against Dallas and Ravens. I think i saw him hobble out of the field a few times against Dallas, and like 5 times against Ravens, so i guees a break is well desirved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JensK View Post
    Agreed. Is it only me who think Clark have been looking a little banged up against Dallas and Ravens. I think i saw him hobble out of the field a few times against Dallas, and like 5 times against Ravens, so i guees a break is well desirved.
    What NFL player isn't banged up at this point in the season?.......I'm not trying to make light of Clark's injury but if it was something serious then I think Coach Tomlin would have said something in his press conference about Clark.....I wouldn't be shocked to see Clark sit out the next two games but he will play in the play-offs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black@Gold Forever32 View Post
    What NFL player isn't banged up at this point in the season?.......I'm not trying to make light of Clark's injury but if it was something serious then I think Coach Tomlin would have said something in his press conference about Clark.....I wouldn't be shocked to see Clark sit out the next two games but he will play in the play-offs....
    Nah i know. Everyone is more or less banged up, i just saw him homble out, which could be because he is "more" banged up than the rest. Who knows.. I agree that as long as Tomlin aint saying anything i guees he'll be fine. I wouldnt mind sitting him the next two games and maybe give A. Smith a chance to prove him self again on something else than ST?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JensK View Post
    Nah i know. Everyone is more or less banged up, i just saw him homble out, which could be because he is "more" banged up than the rest. Who knows.. I agree that as long as Tomlin aint saying anything i guees he'll be fine. I wouldnt mind sitting him the next two games and maybe give A. Smith a chance to prove him self again on something else than ST?
    I would think if Clark can't go then it will be Tyrone Carter to start in his place.....I really think Anthony Smith has worn out his welcome and really isn't in Tomlin's future plans.....I think this since we only see Smith on special teams.....Smith isn't even involved in the sub packages of the defense....Its a shame that Smith is wasting his talent....The kid has a ton of talent but he needs to grow up and check his ego....

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