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Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor faces surgery on thumb

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor will undergo surgery on his left thumb Tuesday.

Taylor broke his thumb on the second play of the Steelers' 16-7 loss to the Redskins last Friday night.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that he expected Taylor to miss two to three weeks. Tomlin was evasive after practice today when asked if that timetable has changed or if Taylor will have to wear some sort of cast after he is cleared to practice.

Taylor called the injury a "freak accident." When asked if he will be ready for the Steelers' regular-season opener in Baltimore, Taylor said, "I don't know. I've got to wait on the doctors."

Taylor has been one of the Steelers' most durable players, and it will be a surprise if he isn't ready for the Sept. 11 opener.

"Ike's a warrior," wide receiver Hines Ward said. "He's going to play."

In other injury news, rookie running back Baron Batch is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee Wedneday.

Batch tore his ACL last Wednesday in a non-contact injury.

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