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Old 11-24-2010, 07:16 AM   #1
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Default Steelers' Keisel expected to play Sunday against Buffalo

Steelers' Keisel expected to play Sunday against Buffalo


By Scott Brown
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Starting defensive end Brett Keisel is expected to practice today and play Sunday after missing four games because of a hamstring injury. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said how much Keisel plays against the Bills will depend on how he looks this week in practice. Also expected to return this week for the Steelers is reserve safety Will Allen, who has missed the last two games because of a concussion. Steelers that may be limited in practice this week because of injuries but are expected to play Sunday include center Maurkice Pouncey (thigh contusion) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (strained Achilles tendon). The Steelers will know later this week whether wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) will be able to play.

Tomlin isn't ready to stop calling Mike Wallace a "one-trick pony," the moniker he uses to motivate the second-year wide receiver and remind him that there is more to playing wide receiver than just going deep. "He has to show me more than that play he showed me (last) Sunday," Tomlin said of the 52-yard touchdown that Wallace scored on a catch and run against the Raiders. When told that Wallace, who leads the Steelers in receiving yards (759) and touchdown catches (eight), suggested that his nickname should be "bag of tricks," Tomlin smiled. "He's got a lot of suggestions," Tomlin said. "I suggest that he prepare for the Buffalo Bills."

Tomlin, according to Sports Illustrated, polls favorably among his peers. In a survey of almost 300 players, Tomlin finished second only to the Jets' Rex Ryan regarding the coach for which NFL players would most like to suit up. Tomlin garnered 12 percent of 279 votes compared to 21 percent for Ryan.


Why Ramon Foster will make a second consecutive start Sunday at right guard over Trai Essex:

"We liked the intensity (he showed against the Raiders). We liked the physical presence that he provided. We liked the way that he and (right tackle) Flozell (Adams) worked together. We're not going to be bashful about what we expect from our guys. We're trying to fight and win football games."

The Bills taking a two-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Ralph C. Wilson Stadium:

"It seems like we always tend to run into people as they get hot, which is fine by us. The only way you're going to be the team that we desire to be is by playing good people, playing teams on the rise and finding a way to get it done."

The Bills' 2-8 record:

"We won't take this group lightly. We're not in a position to take anyone lightly. We're not that good."

Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who rushed for just 59 yards on 23 carries in the Steelers' 35-3 win over the Raiders last Sunday:

"I thought Rashard played really well. I thought we probably left 40 or 50 of his yards out there in the form of penalties. The stat sheet is not going to show the quality of his play in that game but such is life. We're in a team game, sometimes that happens."

The development of second-year defensive end Ziggy Hood:

"Ziggy, I think, is continuing to emerge. He played over 50 snaps (against the Raiders). I thought that was significant, but I thought he just showed some quality play. I thought he was a consistent presence as far as providing pressure on the passer when given an opportunity to rush. This is a young guy with some talent, and we expect him to continue to get better."

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.
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