Steelers defensive end Keisel expected to return Sunday
Starting defensive end Brett Keisel will practice tomorrow and is expected to play Sunday when the Steelers visit the Bills, coach Mike Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference.
Keisel has missed four games since sustaining a hamstring injury in October.
Tomlin did not commit to Keisel starting in the 1 p.m. game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and that is likely contingent on how the ninth-year veteran looks in practice this week.
The Steelers came out of their 35-3 win against the Raiders in relatively good health.
Starting center Maurkice Pouncey has a thigh contusion but it isn't expected to limit him in practice this week, Tomlin said.
Strong safety Troy Polamalu is still nursing a strained Achilles heel, but Tomlin said he is expected to play against the Bills though the five-time Pro Bowler will be limited in practice.
Wide receiver Antonio Brow (knee) and tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) are questionable for Sunday's game.
In what is becoming a weekly occurrence, Tomlin was peppered with questions about how the Steelers have been affected by the NFL's crackdown on dangerous hits and emphasis on player safety.
Tomlin sidestepped the questions, three days after the Steelers set a team record with 163 penalty yards in the win against the Raiders.
He also did not comment specifically on Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour getting fined $25,000 by the NFL for punching Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after a touchdown pass.
“I don't have a reaction,” Tomlin said. “That's between Seymour and the league.”
Tomlin said it did not surprise him that Roethlisberger's teammates, and specifically left guard Chris Kemoeatu, rushed to his defense
As for playing the Bills, who are only 2-8, Tomlin said, “We're not in a position to take anyone lightly. We're not that good.”