Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Steve McLendon left Sunday’s win against the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury, and the fourth-year defender left FirstEnergy Stadium with the Steelers on crutches. The team also lost cornerback Curtis Brown to an ACL injury that will knock him out for the rest of the year, will only miss a few weeks.
While the absences of both players could hurt the Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night Football, Pittsburgh could be getting some reinforcements, as defensive end Brett Keisel, linebacker LaMarr Woodley and safety Shamarko Thomas are all set to return after missing Sunday’s game, but managed to practice today. Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin had this to say about his two starters and backup safety back for the AFC North showdown game:
What they are capable of doing here (Tuesday) is significant in determining that [if they play], … We will see where the week takes us. Their participation and how their body responds to practice participation will be our guide in terms of roles and whether or not we allow those guys to participate at all.
The Cincinnati Bengals will be watching this game closely, as the winner of this game will likely mean when they play the Bengals in Week 15 (Steelers) or Week 17 (Ravens), there will be significant playoff implications in said game.
Both teams appear to be hitting their stride after slow starts and one of them will challenge the Bengals for the AFC North.