AFC North: Steelers lose LaMarr Woodley to IR


Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) warms up prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday night’s contest between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers has now resulted in two players being placed on the season-ending injured reserve list. The Bengals lost punter Kevin Huber to a fractured jay and cracked vertebrae, and the Steelers  have placed linebacker LaMarr Woodley on the team’s Reserve/Injured List due to a calf injury.

Woodley started 11 games at outside linebacker this season but missed three straight games (Weeks 11-13) due to a left calf injury. Woodley left the Steelers’ Week 15 contest versus the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter due to a right calf injury and did not return. He had five sacks on the season.

To fill the roster spot, the team signed linebacker Jamaal Westerman. A five-year veteran out of Rutgers, Westerman was released by the Buffalo Bills on December 10, 2013.

The news is better for defensive end Brett Keisel and defensive tackle Steve McLendon, both of whom have started multiple games and are expected to return this week vs. the Green Bay Packers. 

Keisel has been battling a foot injury that had him sidelined once again vs. the Bengals on Sunday night. McLendon is expected to return to action after sitting out the Bengals game with his ankle injury

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