Steelers WR Sanders will likely miss Week 9
The Steelers expect to be without Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
The wide receiver has been in Texas all week, dealing with the death of his mother, Stephanie. Her funeral is Saturday, and Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he doesn't anticipate Sanders playing the following night.
"Even if he makes it back in time, I mean this is something that we're not expecting," Arians said Thursday following practice. "It's hard, when you lose your mother at such a young age to be able to come back and play. Our prayers and hearts just go out to him and his family."
Starting wide receiver Hines Ward, who practiced on a limited basis yesterday, has said he will play against the Ravens after missing last week's game because of a sprained ankle. Jerricho Cotchery again will have an increased role in the passing game if Sanders doesn't play.
Cotchery, the Steelers' No. 4 wide receiver last Sunday, caught his first pass of the season in the Steelers' 25-17 win over New England.
> > Ryan Clark has been fined $15,000 for a personal foul penalty he incurred against the Patriots. Even more noteworthy is what Clark said after he received a package from NFL headquarters."They're really setting high standards for fair play," said Clark of the NFL. "They're also setting high standards for keeping players healthy, safe. And that's something we as players wanted implemented." Players, particularly ones in the Steelers' locker room, have been critical about how the league doles out fines for on-field offenses. But Clark, the Steelers' union representative, put the onus for his fine on him. "If you hit a guy out of bounds, they've been fining for that, so I've got to be smarter," Clark said.
> > In addition to Ward, offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (ankle) practiced on a limited basis yesterday. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (thigh), wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh) didn't practice yesterday for the second consecutive day.
> > LaMarr Woodley has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month after registering 7.5 sacks in October. Woodley became the first player in Steelers history to record multiple sacks in four consecutive games. He also had 25 tackles and an interception in helping the Steelers go 4-1 in October.