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Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley was limited in practice Friday, still not completely healed from a hamstring injury, during the Steelers' final preparation for Sunday night's game in Kansas City.

He spent part of the day in the trainer's room and was listed as questionable.

Linebacker James Harrison practiced sparingly but is among four players who are probable coming off the bye week. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders all practices and are expected to play.

Woodley and Sanders haven't played since the Steelers defeated New England on Oct. 30. Unlike Woodley, Sanders is confident he'll play after his mother's death and a knee injury sidelined him nearly four weeks ago.

"I didn't feel any pain in my knee," said Sanders, who had five catches for 70 yards against New England. "I'm looking forward to getting back out there and helping us win.

"It's not hard to get back into it because it's something I look forward to. I'm starting to get my groove back, and I'm looking forward to getting back out there. I'm hoping to pick up where I left off after the Patriots game.

Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester and wide receiver Arnaz Battle are listed as questionable for Sunday.

> > Doug Legursky will replace Chris Kemoeatu at left guard, but he has mixed emotions about a move that signals concern about the Steelers' pass-blocking woes.

The Steelers have given up five sacks in two of the last three games.

"It's good to be able to contribute to a win," said Legursky, who missed four starts because of a toe injury. "I feel rejuvenated after sitting out with the injury. It helped me get my feet beneath me, and the bye week helped, too. We're ready to make this push toward the playoffs.

"It's a tough situation, because Kemoeatu is a heck of a player and always will be. We feel the offensive line has been playing well the last few weeks."

> > Nose tackle Casey Hampton said the Steelers have thought much about who the Chiefs will start at quarterback — Pitt and West Allegheny product Tyler Palko or Kyle Orton, who Kansas City picked up off waivers earlier this week.

"Palko is a guy who hasn't played a lot, but they might have to scale back what they do offensively for either one of those guys," Hampton said. "So it might make it a little easier to prepare for them. They really can't run their entire offense with (Orton) in just a few days of practice."

> > Safety Ryan Clark figures the Chiefs' big receivers, rookie Jon Baldwin (Pitt) and Dwayne Bowe (48 catches), will be difficult to cover because of their size.

"It's going to be a big challenge keeping them from catching the ball," Clark said. "We have to play the ball well, but (Woodland Hills product) Steve Breaston is an inside threat who really makes the passing game go."

> > About a dozen youngsters from the Mel Blount Youth Home of Pennsylvania made an appearance at the Steelers' practice Friday along with the Steelers' former Pro Bowl cornerback

> > The Steelers and Chiefs have swapped wins in each of their last 10 meetings, with the Chiefs winning, 27-24 in overtime, two years ago.

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