Linebacker LaMarr Woodley answers questions from the media:
Is the key to getting back to “Steelers Football” having you and James Harrison on the field together?
You always want to have all the guys healthy but when a guy is down you expect other people to step up. It shouldn’t matter who is in there in order for us to play Steelers’ football.
Re: Slow start to the season as a team:
We’ve still got 11 games to go out there and play. We’ve got 11 more chances to go out there and play football. We started off pretty bad on the road, and we have an opportunity this week to turn that around.
Is this the same hamstring injury that bothered you last season?
No. It wasn’t even the same leg. It wasn’t the same move, it wasn’t the same hamstring and it wasn’t as serious as it was last year that put me out for two months. This one put me out for a week. It was low grade, and I’ve been going full speed since we got back.
Re: Being more careful coming back from this injury after a hamstring injury caused you to miss so much time last year:
No, because it was a different grade than the one last year. The injury was different. This one I hurt against the Eagles was different than the one I hurt last year, and now I’m able to come back and play right away.
Can you specify how this one was different?
It wasn’t the same injury.
Have you felt inhibited at practice this week?
No, not at all. Last year when I did it, I pretty much had to limp off the field. This year when I did it I walked off the field. When I got the MRI, it showed two completely different injuries.
Re: Becoming the leader of the defense:
I’m working on that. We have to get back to playing football. Everybody has to go out there and do their responsibilities. Most of us on this defense have been trying to do other people’s jobs. I know I have on my side. I just have to focus on what I’m doing and trust my teammates that they’ll do what they are supposed to do.
Re: Importance of this game:
It’s the first division game, another road game and we haven’t been very successful on the road. Like I said, it’s the first time playing in the division and it’s an AFC game. It would be a good time to go out there and start making some big plays this game.
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