Steelers notebook: Dwyer expects to play Monday vs. Chiefs
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
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.