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Tomlin not ruling out Woodley, Foster

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By Scott Brown
Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

Despite a short week, coach Mike Tomlin?hasn't ruled out?outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley or right guard Ramon Foster for Thursday night when the Steelers host the Browns.

Woodley played sparingly in the Steelers' 35-7 win against the Bengals yesterday, while Foster left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle.

Tomlin said Foster is questionable to play in the 8:20 p.m. game Thursday and that Woodley is "still in play" for the AFC North contest.

Tomlin hesitated to say Woodley had taken a step back yesterday, but he acknowledged the Steelers' sacks leader had been on a snap count against the Bengals • one that he didn't reach.

"I don't know if you want to characterize it as setback at this point," Tomlin said today at his weekly news conference. "The week will provide that legitimate information for us. Obviously he felt something and he was mature enough to not do any further damage to do it. We'll see if that provides an opportunity to put him in play this week."

Tomlin is hopeful that Larry Foote, who missed yesterday's game with a hamstring injury, will be able to return Thursday. Outside linebacker Chris Carter and wide receiver Arnaz Battle, who are also battling hamstring injuries, are not expected to play against the Browns.

In other injury news, Tomlin said running back Jonathan Dwyer and nose tackle Chris Hoke are visiting doctors today because of foot and neck injuries, respectively.

Hoke is dealing with lingering effect from the stinger that he sustained earlier this season, Tomlin said.


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