The Steelers, like many teams, don’t like to say any more about player injuries than required by league rule. On Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin provided a bit more than the bare minimum about linebacker LaMarr Woodley — especially since by league rule Tomlin is not required to say anything until Wednesday, at the earliest.
At his weekly press conference, Tomlin said only that “LaMarr Woodley’s participation will be dictated on his ability to practice here at some point this week.”
In a weekly interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Tomlin had more information for Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. “It’s a hamstring strain as opposed to a tear so we’re thankful for that,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to let his availability during the week guide us. I guess you could characterize him as ‘questionable.’ At some point this week he’s going to participate in some form or fashion and we’ll let that be our guide in terms of his availability.”
Despite Tomlin’s use of the term that, if formally applied to Woodley on Sunday, contemplates that his ability to play against the Ravens on Sunday night (NBC, 8:20 p.m. ET) will be a 50-50 proposition, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette paints a more dire picture. Citing an unnamed team source, Dulac reports that Woodley’s hamstring is “not good,” and that he could miss an extended period of time.
PFT learned on Monday that Woodley is regarded as “week-to-week,” which tends to imply he’s unlikely to play this week, despite the fact that Woodley is optimistic he’ll be able to go.