The Steelers have already ruled out a pair of Pro Bowlers in safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and OLB Lamarr Woodley (hamstring) for tonight’s game against the Titans on Thursday Night Football. It will be the third time in five games Polamalu has missed a game due to his troublesome calf. In his weekly AFC North chat, ESPN writer Jamison Hensley stated that he believes it may be time for the Steelers to begin looking for the heir apparent to Polamalu:
While you’ll never truly get a replacement for him, the Steelers have to be worried about this calf injury. It’s given him so much trouble this year. You have to admire him for playing through so much pain over the years. But, at some point, it can catch up to a player. It would be wise for the Steelers to start thinking about Plan B.
Browns MLB D’Qwell Jackson is still missing practice as a result of a concussion he suffered Sunday in the teams’ blowout-loss to the Giants. His chances of playing on Sunday are beginning to look slim.
ESPN Cleveland did an interesting article depicting a fictional account of the Browns beating the Bengals this Sunday, something they haven’t done in the last four meetings in the Battle of Ohio.
With the Ravens players watching film in preparation for the Cowboys and QB Tony Romo this week, they are game-planing to defend Romo in a similar manner they’ve done to defend Ben Roethlisberger.
Former starting LT Bryant McKinnie has a chance soon to regain the starting position he lost during the preseason. Both current starting tackles, Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele, have been one of the worst in the NFL in pass protection.