Steelers notebook: Woodley, Clark probable for Sunday vs. Giants
By Ralph N. Paulk
Published: Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:36 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who aggravated an already tender right hamstring against Washington, is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Woodley practiced for the first time this week Friday. If he's unable to play, third-year linebacker Jason Worilds likely will get the start.
Safety Ryan Clark said he passed all of the concussion tests he took this week. He's listed as probable and said he expects to play.
Running backs Isaac Redman (ankle) and Baron Batch (shin) and linebacker Brandon Johnson (hamstring) also are probable.
Running backs Jonathan Dwyer (quadricep) and Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) are doubtful, while safety Troy Polamalu (calf), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) are out.
Woodley, sidelined for seven games the past two seasons, said except for some soreness, he had no problems Friday.
“It's looking good. I've got another half day to prepare to get ready to go out there on Sunday,” Woodley said. “Most likely, I'm definitely going to give it a try.
“It hasn't been a major injury like the one last year. With the problems I'm having now, it's been easy to overcome.”
Worilds, slowed by injuries for much of his career, has been relatively healthy this season except for a sore wrist. As a backup, he has 13 unassisted tackles, a team-high three sacks and five quarterback pressures.
• Redman has missed the past two games with an ankle injury. Admittedly, it's been difficult for him to find his stride in practice. “I was a little sore in the beginning, but I've been alright once I warm up,” he said. “I'm excited to get behind the offensive line, which has been taking it to people lately.”
• Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told ESPN the Steelers' offensive linemen are benefitting from some loose officiating. For the most part, the Steelers were dismissive of Tuck's claim. “He's entitled to his own opinion,” guard Ramon Foster said. “If he feels that way, hopefully, we'll keep our hands tight and inside this week, and we won't have that comment next week.” Foster said most of his linemates probably feels the same way. Tuck told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that the Steelers have “gotten away with murder. They've done a very good job protecting Ben Roethlisberger; they don't hold on every play. But we've seen a whole lot of it.”
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