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    Tomlin said today in his presser that he is optimistic that everyone will be ready to go this Sunday in Baltimore with the exception of course of Smith, and also BMac. He said he is more hopeful than confident in McFadden but they'll see how it goes this week.

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    Good News... Everyone Expected to play! Keisel, Eason, Mcfadden, A. Brown

    Tomlin said, BOTH Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders could dress against the Ravens. Keisel, Eason, Mcfadden, A. Brown all expected to play Sunday!

    "Defensive ends Brett Keisel (calf) and Nick Eason (knee) and starting cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) all are on track to play Sunday, Tomlin said.
    Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) also is expected back after missing last Sunday's game, and Tomlin said both he and fellow rookie Emmanuel Sanders could dress against the Ravens."


    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_711576.html

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    Yeah those hamstrings are real tricky so I'm not holding my breath on him either. He'll probably sit out most of this week and get daily treatment so we'll have to see how it goes. The fact that it will be a night game and cold out won't help matters any either.

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    If Brown and Sanders dress, that would be advantage Steelers, especially in the punt return game.

    B-Mac can take his time coming back; he is too soft in coverage.

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    Roethlisberger wearing boot, but likely to play vs. Ravens

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a protective boot on his sprained right foot but is expected to play Sunday when Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off for first place in the AFC North.

    Roethlisberger re-injured the foot during a 19-16 overtime victory in Buffalo last Sunday. He did not leave the game and had an 18-yard run while scrambling after getting hurt.

    Roethlisberger may not practice Wednesday, but coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic the quarterback will play despite some pain and discomfort.

    "He might be limited somewhat," Tomlin said Tuesday of Roethlisberger's practice status. "I'm going to be optimistic and hopeful that he'll be a full participant, but there's a chance he couldn't be."

    Tomlin said Roethlisberger was not close to coming out of the Buffalo game.

    "He was absent from our sideline at the very end of the first half and maybe was late coming back from halftime, but that was simply because we were taking a picture of his foot," Tomlin said. "I was pretty comfortable that he was going to compete and continue throughout the game."

    Roethlisberger has missed two of the Steelers' last three games against the Ravens. He had a concussion when the teams played in Baltimore last season, and he sat out the Ravens' 17-14 win in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3 while completing his four-game suspension.

    Baltimore and Pittsburgh both have 8-3 records, and the winner will own the division lead with four games remaining.

    Steelers defensive end Nick Eason has a sprained left medial collateral ligament he hurt against Buffalo but hasn't been ruled out, although such injuries normally take multiple weeks to heal. Cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring) also hasn't been ruled out. Safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles' tendon) might not practice, but is expected to play. He also was held out of most on-field work before the Buffalo game.

    Defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring, calf), who has played only a few snaps in six weeks, is expected to practice. He planned to play last week, only to have the injury flare up the day before the game.

    Wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) is likely to play after sitting out against Buffalo. Tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) will be evaluated Wednesday.

    If Roethlisberger has an unexpected setback and can't play, Tomlin said, Byron Leftwich will replace him. Leftwich hasn't played this season.

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    Foot injury not limiting Polamalu's playmaking

    Troy Polamalu's strained right Achilles' tendon isn't allowing him to practice most weeks. The Steelers don't want to take the chance that one of the NFL's most valuable defensive players will aggravate the injury and won't be able to play.

    The rest of the NFL must be wondering what the five-time Pro Bowl safety could possibly do better if he were fully healthy.

    Despite his sore foot, Polamalu made a rally-stopping interception late in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 19-16 overtime decision Sunday in Buffalo. He also made a fumble recovery, another play that illustrated how his alertness and ability to decipher plays might be unmatched in the league.

    In his last two games, Polamalu has accounted for three turnovers by himself.

    "He's all over the place," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "I think he's one of the best defenders in the league for a reason. He just flies around and he has a great football sense in terms of reading plays, relying on his instincts and reacting to what he sees."

    He's also doing it with almost no practice. No wonder Polamalu's No. 43 is the third most popular in jersey sales among all NFL players, trailing only quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Drew Brees. He's No. 1 among defensive players.

    "We simply want to take every precaution possible to keep this man up and running," coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. "It's obvious he's playing really good football for us and we want that to continue. There's a fine line in terms of that, when you talk about limiting someone's (practice) participation, but he is a veteran football player and a good one. We're going to do the best we can to get him to the stadium in one piece."

    With the Steelers (8-3) headed to Baltimore (8-3) on Sunday to play for the AFC North lead, they're being reminded weekly how badly they missed Polamalu when two left knee injuries limited him to three full games last season. He missed their final seven games, a stretch that included most of their season-wrecking five-game losing streak.

    Polamalu, who has four interceptions this season, recently said he wasn't sure how he was playing, but that he expected to make more plays. The Steelers use him in so many roles other than pass defender -- he's a key player in their run defense, and in their pass rush -- that mere numbers sometimes don't accurately quantify his play.

    "I can't tell you too many games that I walked away from satisfied with my performance," Polamalu said. "In my mind, there's more plays out there that I should make."

    With his million-dollar hair billowing out of his helmet -- yes, it is insured for that amount by the shampoo he endorses -- Polamalu's ability to run down receivers and running backs from one sideline to the other might be rivaled only by Ravens safety Ed Reed.

    "I'm biased, so I'm probably not the person to ask, but I think he's playing great," Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. "He's hard on himself, as most competitors are and most great players are. That's why we love him, and that's just what makes him great. He's going to want to make every play for us and we need him to make a lot of big plays. We put him one-on-one with tight ends, we put him one-on-one with receivers. We don't care."

    Despite the Steelers' record, this also hasn't been a truly satisfying season for Polamalu -- although he hasn't missed any games with injuries -- partly because of the way NFL games are being officiated.

    He was outspoken in his opposition to the league's decision to tightly patrol big hits that can cause concussions and top players to be sidelined. Despite having at least seven concussions during his career, Polamalu said big hits are as much a part of football as diving catches and 50-yard runs.

    Polamalu also said former and current players should be consulted when the league determines fines, although he didn't explain how a Raider, for example, could pass judgment on how much Steelers linebacker James Harrison should be fined for a roughing the passer penalty.

    Polamalu himself has not been fined, but he wants to be able to play the game he grew up playing. And the game he's playing now, despite being injured for a second successive season.

    "I don't think you can make every type of hit obsolete, from horse-collar tackling to whatever kind of tackling there is," he said. "You're taking away what attracts people to this game."

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