Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Tuesday with Tomlin
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had better news than expected when it came to his injury outlook for this weekend's game at New England.
Tomlin said all three linemen injured against Oakland, David DeCastro (ankle), Ramon Foster (concussion) and Guy Whimper (knee) have been checked out and could play this weekend.
Foster has been cleared to practice, while Whimper only hyperextended his knee.
DeCastro could be limited with his ankle sprain early in the week, but could be return to practice later in the week.
Also, rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton has not been ruled out with his fractured finger.
@ Tomlin said he and Ben Roethlisberger spoke Monday about Roethlisberger's use of timeouts down the stretch against Oakland and that the Steelers would have preferred to have all three once Oakland got the ball back.
@ Tomlin said he is open to making a trade before the Tuesday deadline.
But don't expect anything at this point.
@ Jarvis Jones has been demoted to second team and Tomlin said it's due to the rookie not always playing his responsibilities.
That was obvious a few times - the few times he was on the field before being pulled - when he lost outside contain against the Raiders. Jones didn't start against the Raiders and it could be a while before he starts again.
@ Tomlin said he felt Zoltan Mesko rebounded from the blocked punt to make some good kicks, pointing out a punt he made that was downed at the 1 late in the game.
Tomlin said he's open to looking at upgrades at all positions, but it doesn't sound like he's ready to make a change.
@ Through eight weeks of the season, there hasn't been a 100-yard rusher in the AFC North this season. Who'd have thunk it in a division that used to be known for power football?
Dale Lolley at 12:38 PM