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James Farrior has missed more games this season than in any season since coming to the Steelers in 2002, is on pace for his second fewest tackles during that stint and, at times, has been replaced in the lineup.

Still, the 15-year veteran who is a week away from turning 37 doesn't plan on retiring.

"Dick LeBeau told me a while ago, he said when you retire, you retire for a long time," said Farrior, who is in the last year of his contract. Farrior took that one way: "Play as long as you can."

Farrior has 86 tackles and two sacks while starting 13 of 15 games. He has been replaced for series at a time by backup Larry Foote.

Farrior, who won the Chief Award on Thursday for being most cooperative with the media, said he wants to play "as long as they let me."

> > Right tackle Marcus Gilbert won the Joe Greene Great Performance Award given out by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. Gilbert had lunch with Greene while visiting the facilities before the draft.

"It was just an honor to sit down with a legend and arguably the best football player ever in this organization," Gilbert said.

Gilbert has started 12 games.

> > Receiver Emmanuel Sanders said he will play Sunday against the Browns after missing the past three games with a sore right foot.

"I haven't felt this good in five or six weeks," Sanders said.

Sanders first injured his foot in last year's Super Bowl and required offseason surgery. Sanders has missed five of the past seven games and has 21 catches on the year.

> > Safety Troy Polamalu (knee), guard Doug Legursky (shoulder) and running back Mewelde Moore (knee) did not practice for the second consecutive day. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) was limited but is not expected to play.

> > Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians hinted at Trai Essex starting at left guard again, but he expects Chris Kemoeatu to play, as well. Arians said that was the plan last week until Doug Legursky got hurt early in the game, forcing Essex to center.

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