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Tomlin expects injured players back

Posted by Teresa Varley on October 2, 2012 – 12:16 pm

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin expects to have all on hands on deck in practice on Wednesday, after everyone except Marcus Gilbert participated in Monday’s practice. And better yet, if all goes well in practice the rest of the week, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall could all play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field.

“Based on what I am looking at on how we worked yesterday I think that is a safe assessment,” said Tomlin when asked if they will play Sunday. “We will watch these guys as we proceed throughout the week. All guys have performed well and were able to get through practice and we’re optimistic that they’re going to be full participants.”

Polamalu has missed the last two games after playing against Denver, and Harrison has not seen game action yet this season, but both practiced Monday. Rashard Mendenhall also continued to practice, even though he has yet to see game action as well.

“Coming off the bye, I think it’s been a productive bye for us,” said Tomlin. “We’ve had the opportunity to work on some elements that we feel like need to be addressed in all three phases. At the same time we were able to get some of our injured men back.”

Harrison practiced last week as well, and worked out during the team’s bye. While Tomlin had not talked to Harrison yet to see how his knee responded to practicing, as he has had setbacks previously, he does know having him back healthy is a good thing.

“If he plays well and plays like James is capable of playing, obviously he’ll be an asset to us,” said Tomlin. “But, we’re not going to make excuses and we’re not going to sit around and wait for those that are not participating to participate. Injuries and so forth are a part of the game. When we have those guys, we’ll appreciate it. When we don’t have them, we’ll remain steadfast in our goals and our objectives.”

Having a healthy team will be a key for the Steelers, who are looking to get back on the winning track this week against the Eagles.

“It’s a big week for us,” said Tomlin. “Those are exciting things for us as we push into this week. It’s a big week for us coming off our last performance, but also having an opportunity to play at home in front of our fans against a really good team in the Philadelphia Eagles.”

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11 Responses to “Tomlin expects injured players back”

  1. By Tony Cox on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Lets get back the nasty Steeler D.

  2. By Jeff on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Getting Harrison back is huge. Even if he doesn’t get to the QB. The reason Woodley has looked as good as he has the last couple seasons is because Harrison draws so much attention when he’s out there. Most guys need help with him and so all that does is open things up for the other boys. When he’s gone, now they can key on others a little more. If he’s even close to 80% this will be a huge help. Polamalu and Clark being out there together will also greatly change things. Polamalu without Clark isn’t the same as we’ve seen in the last two Denver games. Clark lets Polamalu be Polamalu, kind of a safety net. You go do your thing and I got your back. Mendenhall I have mixed emotions on, but I guess the running game can’t really get any worse than it’s been thus far. Anyways, hope our cb’s can step up and cover someone without a PI this game and we should be alright. GO STEELERS.

  3. By Kenja S. Hinton on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I just wish our defense would play tight man coverage than zone all the time..

  4. By Lonnie Heaton on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Jeff the third down defense has been killing us, it seams like we can get it to 3& 8 or 9 but it seams like they just pick us apart on 3rd down only. Very frustrating indeed. GO STEELERS

  5. By JIM LOHMAN on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Got to get more pressure from Dline and LBs. From what I’ve seen the blitz package has been ineffective, putting more pressure on the DBs in coverage.

  6. By Carlos on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Great news because now we can claim the #1 Defense in the NFL.

  7. By Ramos on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Looking forward to watching a healthy team once again. We’ve showed glimpses of greatness which is exciting because it is the beginning of the season. Hopefully we can get back to running the ball efficiently and playing defenses like we’ve all become accustomed to seeing. Looking forward to the rest of the season! Let’s get ’em boys! WHERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!

  8. By mweed on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    we need a balanced offense.

  9. By Rem1957 on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    Totally agree with the man-to-man coverage. We put a real hurtin on New England and beat them hands down running the man-to-man coverage.

  10. By Vince Condo on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    We need to be Jack Lambert or Greg Lloyd “nasty”!!!

  11. By Larry on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    What we need is some OFFENSIVE LINEMEN, minus M. Pouncey – linemen that can run-block and pass-block – linemem with COMMENTMENT & HEART.

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