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Atlanta Dan
10-16-2012, 12:19 PM
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said safety Troy Polamalu (calf), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) will not play Sunday in Cincinnati.

Tomlin said center Maurkice Pouncey (knee) and running backs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) are questionable for the game against the Bengals.

Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who did not play in Tennessee, will play against the Bengals, Tomlin said.

Rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu will also be unavailable for the game after his two-week suspension following a drunk-driving arrest Sunday on the South Side.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/polamalu-gilbert-and-carter-out-with-injuries-for-steelers-game-at-bengals-657767/

Carter certainly has stepped up this season

Hopefully Dwyer can go - I would not risk Mendenhall with a balky achilles injury

DoctorCAD
10-16-2012, 12:44 PM
Yea, its not like Mendenhall can run anyhow!

Fire Arians
10-16-2012, 12:45 PM
looks like we're gonna get a good luck at batch & rainey

Darkstorm05
10-16-2012, 12:47 PM
looks like we're gonna get a good luck at batch & rainey

Hoping Batch improves. He made some runs of late that showed really bad vision and decision making.

FanSince72
10-16-2012, 01:28 PM
It's real simple:
A championship team wins in spite of adversity.

If this team really thinks of itself as being capable of getting to the Super Bowl, then it really shouldn't matter who's hurt.

I guess we'll find out what they think on Sunday.

StainlessStill
10-16-2012, 01:30 PM
Huge to get Woodley back. He may be the most important of them ALL right now. We have the offensive weapons, it's the pressure from our defensive 1st level that's the problem.

Woodley will help in that category tremendously, especially with 92 on the opposite side. Lets see if we can last ONE QRT without injury (cross's fingers.)

Fire Arians
10-16-2012, 01:41 PM
Hoping Batch improves. He made some runs of late that showed really bad vision and decision making.

one thing i like though is he protects that football and he's an excellent blocker in pass pro.

vision can improve with some experience, im sure he wasn't expecting to play much last week

Hawaii 5-0
10-16-2012, 02:42 PM
did Marcus Gilbert roll up on himself? :noidea:

Darkstorm05
10-16-2012, 02:45 PM
did Marcus Gilbert roll up on himself? :noidea:

Pretty sure when he was injured this week he got sent back in still hurt, because he happened to be the least injured guy left. So it was either him, or we hold open auditions on the sideline. Getting sent back in still injured was pretty much sealing the deal for him to miss some games.

StainlessStill
10-16-2012, 02:46 PM
I think he fell on his own leg when he was sitting Indian- style while trying to get up off the ground eating Cheeto's with his good pal Willie Colon.

stb_steeler
10-16-2012, 02:48 PM
Huge to get Woodley back. He may be the most important of them ALL right now. We have the offensive weapons, it's the pressure from our defensive 1st level that's the problem.

Woodley will help in that category tremendously, especially with 92 on the opposite side. Lets see if we can last ONE QRT without injury (cross's fingers.)

Hopefully Woodley can last a whole quarter....

steelfury02
10-16-2012, 02:54 PM
DON'T THINK I DIDN'T NOTICE THE CHEETOS ONCE YOU SENT ME PACKIN

http://por-img.cimcontent.net/api/assets/bin-201210/6f779319186f0b870d94026985439f0e.jpg

tanda10506
10-16-2012, 05:22 PM
Already posted

Atlanta Dan
10-17-2012, 02:31 PM
Looks like Gilbert is gone until after Thanksgiving and Adams will get a chance to sink or swim at RT

No depth left on this OL

Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert could miss up to two months with a right ankle injury suffered during last week’s loss to Tennessee, according to teammate Maurkice Pouncey.

“He’s going to miss a significant amount of time, maybe up to six weeks,” said Pouney, who is dealing with a knee injury that might keep him out of Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. “I don’t think it’s anything that is season-ending, but we’ve got to give him time to heal and get his body right.”

Gilbert, who has been wearing a protective boot on his right foot, flew to Charlotte, N.C., Monday to consult a specialist.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Gilbert has a tendon injury in his ankle that does not require surgery.

Rookie second-round pick Mike Adams will start in place of Gilbert.

http://triblive.com/home/2793332-74/gilbert-injury-miss-steelers-ankle-months-loss-marcus-mike-suffered#axzz29aPECaYw

I am sure Tomlin is thrilled players are giving out the injury reports again

Steel_Bus_24
10-17-2012, 02:40 PM
sounds like the same sh** that made Troy invisible in the 10-11 Playoffs

Rotorhead
10-17-2012, 03:16 PM
Looks like Miller will back to helping chip rushers on the line again. At least Adams usually only gets beat around the outside so with a TE chipping the outside shoulder we shoukd be fine there. BTW, do we have any depth left in the Oline with Gilbert and Pouncey down? Who is after Starks, Legs, Foster, Adams and Colon?

Hawaii 5-0
10-17-2012, 05:46 PM
Steelers Practice Update – 10/17

Posted by Teresa Varley on October 17, 2012

Seven players didn’t practice on Wednesday, including LB Chris Carter (hamstring), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), RB Rashard Mendenhall (achilles), S Troy Polamalu (calf), C Maurkice Pouncey (knee), RB Isaac Redman (ankle), and LB Lawrence Timmons (foot).
In addition LB Brandon Johnson (hamstring) was limited in practice.

http://blog.steelers.com/2012/10/17/...e-update-1017/

maddog78
10-17-2012, 09:04 PM
I'll be impressed if we stay within 10 points of Cincy.

Fire Haley
10-17-2012, 11:28 PM
Troy gone for months with a torn calf muscle?


Torn calf muscle keeps Polamalu on sidelines


Troy Polamalu won’t play Sunday in Cincinnati. He probably won’t play next week or the week after that, not with a torn calf muscle that has turned his right leg a hideous shade of purple and red.

But the reason he’s hurting isn’t just because of an injury that usually takes up to six weeks to heal. It’s because the Steelers (2-3) need him badly after losing each of their first three road games, and he won’t be out there Sunday night in Cincinnati to help a struggling defense.

“That’s why they (NFL teams) pay the more talented players big money, to keep them on field,” Polamalu said Wednesday. “Obviously, you want your starters and your more experienced players out there.”

The best-case scenario for Polamalu’s return, according to teammates, is the second half of the season. He wishes he could return last week.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2792211-85/polamalu-calf-season-injury-muscle-week-steelers-won-game-isn#axzz29TN1RfvT

Atlanta Dan
10-18-2012, 07:04 AM
Troy gone for months with a torn calf muscle?


Torn calf muscle keeps Polamalu on sidelines


Troy Polamalu won’t play Sunday in Cincinnati. He probably won’t play next week or the week after that, not with a torn calf muscle that has turned his right leg a hideous shade of purple and red....
The best-case scenario for Polamalu’s return, according to teammates, is the second half of the season. He wishes he could return last week.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2792211-85/polamalu-calf-season-injury-muscle-week-steelers-won-game-isn#axzz29TN1RfvT

Sounds like Troy will miss both Ravens games - of course that will be important only if the season is still afloat by then

Seasons are snakebitten for some teams while others (Falcons and Seahawks this season) have seasons where they pull out wins from what appear to be sure losses - in a parity driven league a lot of success turns on luck

maddog78
10-18-2012, 09:20 AM
Troy's missing at least the next three games. If LeBeau can't find a way to scheme without him I think we're looking at 2-6. We were 0-2 vs. the Bengals without Troy a couple years ago. I see that playing out again.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2792211-85/polamalu-calf-season-injury-muscle-week-steelers-won-game-isn#axzz29cUKx8Eu

Rotorhead
10-18-2012, 09:42 AM
I think Lebeau will scheme more with Timmons, he's been more active lately and remember reading an article last season about the Def starting a transition around his abilities, then of course all our LB's got hurt and he had to play OLB. I think it was a goid experience for him though, learning a diff position well will make him a smarter player.

Steelers>NFL
10-18-2012, 10:36 AM
Troy's missing at least the next three games. If LeBeau can't find a way to scheme without him I think we're looking at 2-6. We were 0-2 vs. the Bengals without Troy a couple years ago. I see that playing out again.

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/2792211-85/polamalu-calf-season-injury-muscle-week-steelers-won-game-isn#axzz29cUKx8Eu

If he can not find a way, then he is no longer a good/great DC!
The GREAT ones find a way...

steelfury02
10-18-2012, 11:00 AM
Timmons sat out practice yesterday (foot) - hope it feels better

Hawaii 5-0
10-19-2012, 01:50 AM
Steelers injury list keeps growing, and that hurts

Friday, October 19, 2012
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/images/201210/polamalu1019b_500.jpg

Troy Polamalu, right, will miss Sunday's game due to a leg injury suffered Oct. 7 against the Eagles.

Coach Mike Tomlin called football a "game of attrition" when the Steelers hired him, and they are discovering just what that can mean.

Injuries have piled on like a scrum for a loose football, and, for a brief moment Thursday, it appeared the Big One might have hit.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tripped while dropping back to pass in practice and injured his right foot. It's the same foot that was broken two years ago.

After being examined inside, Roethlisberger returned to the locker room, looked at his bare foot and pronounced it "fine."

Many of his teammates are not.

Starters Troy Polamalu and Marcus Gilbert won't play Sunday night in Cincinnati, the fourth game that Polamalu will miss. Their top two running backs, Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, both could miss it as well. Mendenhall did not play in the first three games. Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey finally went through a limited practice Thursday, but his appearance is in doubt for Sunday.

Before the regular season began, they lost two other starters, rookie offensive guard David DeCastro and fullback David Johnson, to injuries, along with promising rookie linebacker Sean Spence. Only DeCastro might be back in the second half of the season.

They also lost James Harrison for the first three games. LaMarr Woodley will start Sunday after missing the past seven quarters.

It's tough enough for teams to win in the NFL on talent alone; they need some help by staying healthy, and the Steelers just have not been a healthy team.

Polamalu said it's like déjà vu.

"Sometimes, I wonder if it's just us here because it seems as if we deal with it pretty seriously every year. I obviously am aware of Baltimore's situation, but it seems like we face those type of situations year in and year out."

The Ravens looked as if they might run away with the AFC North Division title with a 5-1 start as the Steelers (2-3) and the Bengals (3-3) floundered. Then Baltimore was hit by a twin bolt last week when it was revealed the heart and soul of their defense, linebacker Ray Lewis, might miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps, and Lardarius Webb, their best cornerback, was lost for 2012 with a torn ACL.

The Ravens also have played six games without perhaps their best defensive player, linebacker Terrell Suggs, who might return Sunday to play in Houston. Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed continues to play with what he said is a torn labrum.

"Everybody is going through it," said offensive guard Willie Colon, who played in just one game over the two previous seasons because of injuries. "They weren't worried about it when Troy went down and they weren't worried about it when James went down, so I don't think we have time to worry about them."

The Bengals are healthy today after going through a bloody beginning.

"It's about as good as it's been," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said of his team's health. "We kind of turned the corner after our third or fourth game, so we've got some guys back. Unfortunately, the guys we've lost, we lost for the year."

Starting outside linebacker Thomas Howard played in the opener, then was lost for the season with a torn ACL sustained in practice. They lost two starting offensive linemen in the preseason, center Kyle Cook and guard Travelle Wharton.

Injuries, goes the cliché, are a big part of football, but sometimes they can be the biggest part. The 2011 Indianapolis Colts went from possible Super Bowl contenders to 2-14 without injured quarterback Peyton Manning.

"I'm sure it plays a huge role," Polamalu said of how injuries affect a team's prospects.

"It's all common-sense situations," Colon said.

"If Troy's healthy, if [Harrison's] healthy, if [Woodley's] healthy, obviously it gives us a lot of chances to win. But I think it's the team with the best depth -- when guys go down can your backup be just as good as your starter or even better? Those are the teams that make it."

The Steelers in the past have had such teams. Now their current depth is being tested.

Ryan Mundy started the first three games filling in at both safeties because of injuries. The coaches apparently were not happy enough with his play because they started Will Allen instead for Polamalu in Tennessee.

Rookie Mike Adams will make his first NFL start Sunday in Gilbert's spot at offensive right tackle. Jonathan Dwyer might have to make his first start at halfback.

"This is where depth is important in football," said Byron Leftwich, who would start at quarterback if something were to happen to Roethlisberger.

"You have a starter at a consistent certain level, and you may have a good backup at that position who may play at a consistent level. But, when you have a starter down, now you're asking a backup to play at the same consistent level as the starter, and now you're asking the backup to the backup to play at the same consistent level as the backup played.

"That's the thing when you start losing people, you hope you're deep enough to be able to fill in the void."

Dwyer might get first start

If neither Mendenhall nor Redman practice today, Dwyer said he will look forward to starting against the Bengals.

"For every running back, their first start is always something special," Dwyer said. "I'll just be excited to get out there playing again."

Dwyer has not pulled on a uniform the past two games after Mendenhall returned from his ACL injury. He was the odd back out because they had their top two backs, their third-down back in Baron Batch and their wild-card scatback, Chris Rainey.

"The way it all happened, it made it look like I wasn't playing because I fumbled and things like that," Dwyer said. "It was all a numbers game."

Dwyer lost a fumble at the Steelers' 31 in the third game, the Oakland Raiders recovered and polished off a short drive with a touchdown to tie the score, 14-14, late in the second quarter.

Bengals seek killer instinct

Sunday night football in Cincinnati between two division rivals always has a chance for some fierce play. After Lewis called out his team for playing "too nice," he might have thrown some kerosene on it.

"We need to develop a killer instinct," Lewis explained. "We need to play for four quarters, to win every down and not relax. Don't drop the standard. That's really important. That's what any great team in the National Football League has. You have to have a killer instinct.

"You have to win down after down after down. You don't get ahead and relax. You just have to keep playing hard every single play and win every single down. Don't let your man make the tackle. You defend your gap and, when the ball is in my gap, I make the tackle. I cover my man. I just do my thing. That's what it is."

Timmons has a full practice

Some good injury news for the Steelers: Lawrence Timmons, who skipped practice Wednesday with a foot injury, returned to a full practice.

http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/12293/1270297-66.stm#ixzz29iXceNrh

Hawaii 5-0
10-24-2012, 01:06 AM
I'll be impressed if we stay within 10 points of Cincy.

guess you must be impressed then, huh? :tt02:

Hawaii 5-0
10-24-2012, 06:13 PM
Tuesday with Tomlin

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
posted by Dale Lolley

Mike Tomlin said today that he expects to have Maurkice Pouncey back at practice Wednesday after he sat out Sunday's game at Cincinnati with an MCL sprain.

Isaac Redman, Rashard Mendenhall and Chris Carter are all expected to practice at some point this week and could be ready to go against Washington on Sunday.

Safety Will Allen, who has started the last two games at strong safety, could be limited with an ankle injury.

That could be big because Troy Polamalu will be out again as he continues to deal with a calf injury.

Marcus Gilbert will also be out again this week, meaning rookie Mike Adams will get another start at RT.

@ Tomlin said he is troubled by the continued penalties the Steelers are drawing on special teams and that some of the repeat offenders might find themselves on the bench when the team gets in position to do so from a health standpoint.

That could be coming this week if Carter is back.

DeMarcus Van Dyke would be the biggest offender to this point.

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sidelines/