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McFadden expected to play against Jets

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By Scott Brown
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden, who left last Saturday's game with an abdominal strain, is expected to play against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today that McFadden and Pro Bowl strong safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles) will be limited in practice this week but that each will play in the 6:30 p.m. game at Heinz Field.

Tomlin said Aaron Smith will practice this week, leaving open the possibility that the veteran defensive end will play against the Jets.

Smith hasn't suited up since partially tearing his left triceps in an Oct. 24 gamem and he has been dressing for practice. If Smith does play Sunday Tomlin said he will be on a “snap count” and that Ziggy Hood will remain the starter at left defensive end.

Hood's four sacks this season have come in the last five games.

"We're in great shape," Tomlin said of the Steelers' overall health.

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