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Keisel, Eason, McFadden expected to play Sunday

| Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

• Defensive ends Brett Keisel and Nick Eason and cornerback Bryant McFadden are expected to play Sunday in an AFC North showdown in Baltimore.

Keisel has missed five games since the middle of October with hamstring and calf problems. McFadden (hamstring) and Eason (sprained knee) were each knocked out of the Steelers' 19-16 overtime win last Sunday with injuries.

McFadden could be limited in practice this week but is on track to play against the Ravens.“When you're dealing with a hamstring, it can be a little more problematic,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. Wide receiver Antonio Brown, who did not play last Sunday because of a bad knee, is also expected to be available Sunday. Tomlin said tight end Matt Spaeth, who was out last Sunday because of a concussion, will take a battery of post-concussion tests today.

• If Brown is healthy, both he and Emmanuel Sanders could dress against the Ravens. The two have competed weekly for one game-day roster spot for most of the season. Both played against the Raiders two weeks ago when the Steelers dressed six wide receivers. “There very well may be two dogs and two bones,” Tomlin said about the possibility of Brown and Sanders both playing against the Ravens.

• The Steelers have been penalized 24 times for 270 yards in their past two games but Tomlin declined to discuss what concerns he may have voiced with the NFL in regard to penalties. “I want to leave the official evaluation process that goes on in every city around the league between myself and the league,” Tomlin said.

tomlin's take

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on ...

Sunday night's game in Baltimore, with first place in the AFC North on the line:

"If you want to be a division winner, you've got to go on the road and win division games. They did earlier in the year to us. The secret in this thing is that there's no secrets. If you want to be a dominant team, if you want to be a good team, you've got to take your show on the road in hostile environments, against known opponents, against familiar opponents and make the significant plays that are necessary to win."

The Ravens having All-Pro safety Ed Reed, who didn't play against the Steelers on Oct. 3 because of a hip injury:

"We all know what Ed Reed means: proceed with caution when attacking them vertically down the field because time and time again he shows he's capable of making plays. He surveys that field, but he's a sideline-to-sideline capable guy. We didn't have (quarterback) Ben (Roethlisberger) last game, they didn't have Ed Reed. Those two things probably cancel each other out."

Cornerback William Gay, who was credited with four passes defended and a forced fumble in the Steelers' 19-16 overtime win over the Bills:

"I thought William Gay specifically responded to the challenge. He was competitive, he was combative. He made plays, he challenged throws. His play was as significant as Troy's on Troy's interception because he made the initial breakup. William Gay stepped up and made some significant plays."

Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson's dropped touchdown pass in overtime:

"It was a really good route and an even better throw, and thankfully he didn't catch it. But I don't worry about those things. I thought (Steelers wide receiver) Emmanuel Sanders had an opportunity to catch and run and score and in regulation, where no one of those (overtime) plays even exist. I'm not going to cry about our drop. I hope they don't cry about theirs."

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