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Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 5:14 p.m.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer, who missed Sunday's game against the New York Giants, said he expects to play Monday against Kansas City at Heinz Field.

Dwyer (quadriceps) fully participated in practice Friday.

Dwyer's availability is good news for the running game. Steelers running backs have had a difficult time staying healthy this season. They had only two backs, Isaac Redman and Baron Batch, in the second half against the Giants after Chris Rainey left with a rib injury.

“In this league, it's good to have multiple running backs,” said Redman, who rushed for 147 yards on 26 carries. “My body was pretty banged up. I ran about 53 plays, which is quite a bit of snaps for a running back. So when you have those extra running backs that can come in and help and take some of the load off you, it's always good.”

• Safety Troy Polamalu (calf), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) missed practice Friday. Running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) was limited in practice, but Rainey (rib) and kicker Shaun Suisham (left ankle) participated fully.

• The Steelers will face a generous Kansas City team that has committed a league-high 29 turnovers. The Steelers have forced only eight, so this appears to be a game in which they can pad their defensive stats. “We like to take it away,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “We're just not getting enough of them. We need to do better there. We have gotten a couple turnovers the last couple games to help our offense. We need to do more, that's for sure.”

Ike Taylor, who came up with his first interception of the season against the New York Giants, has his swagger back after a couple of bad outings. He said he can't wait to take on Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe. “Everything starts with their running game, but they have some talented receivers,” Taylor said. “Whatever Coach LeBeau calls, I'll line up and play. It doesn't matter, but I prefer to line up against the team's best receiver.”

• The Steelers “Salute to Service” game in which a number of events and activities will take place in honoring Veterans Day and the military. There will be a military flyover to honor Lt. Colonel Christopher “Otis” Raible, an Irwin native who was killed in Afghanistan in September.

— Ralph N. Paulk

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