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Tomlin says LaMarr Woodley is “questionable,” report suggests he’s out

LaMarr Woodley AP

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.

 

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31 Responses to “Tomlin says LaMarr Woodley is “questionable,” report suggests he’s out”
  1. hakk03 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:24 PM

    poor Woodley! The fella looked so proud after he sacked Brady and did his lil’ jump kick. :(

  2. jmann3157 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:46 PM

    Whoever their playing will be lucky he’s not there. Steelers will still find a way to get sacks with dick as the coordinator. He’s a very underated sack king.

  3. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:39 PM

    Whoever their playing will be lucky he’s not there. Steelers will still find a way to get sacks with dick as the coordinator. He’s a very underated sack king.
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    Dick Lebeau isn’t underrated in ANY aspect of the game. I here more rear-end kissing about that dude than Brett Favre in his heyday. After the Ravens detroyed his “genius” schemes in week 1, no one, and I mean NO ONE, called him out with any sort of conviction, yet he got out coached.

    Not to say he isn’t a great coordinator, definitely HOF worthy, but any other Defensive caller would be roasted after a game like that.

  4. zoltar9802 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:48 PM

    a lot of injury talk today coming out of pittsburgh…why if they dont have to say anything until wednesday? seems like a set up.

  5. danrooneyii says: Nov 1, 2011 9:20 PM

    Yeah buddy. Dick LeBeau, a guy who has put the Steelers D at the top for the past decade or so, is going to get roasted after one performance against a team that they are 6-1 against with their starting quarterback. Are all football fans this delusional?

  6. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Nov 1, 2011 9:29 PM

    Are the Steelers really that worried about the Ravens again that they are trying to rope a dope them with fake injury reports?

    I thought that kind of pettiness was saved for the NFC North.

  7. ravenator says: Nov 1, 2011 9:34 PM

    Get ready to cue the “our starting linebackers didn’t play” excuse.

    Ngata is going to eat their O-line alive, again.

  8. david7590 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:40 PM

    @thesportsguy52:
    He didn’t get “roasted” after that game because when compared to his larger body of work, it was an anomaly. No one with his track record would get called out.

  9. goforgin01 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:46 PM

    No Harrison?

    No Woodley?

    No win. Again.

  10. kilo0986 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:49 PM

    Hope hes able to play, I would.love to see flacco get destroyed

  11. steelersownyou says: Nov 1, 2011 9:51 PM

    If you believe woodley and harrison won’t play, then I have a beautiful piece of land in baltimore to sell you! P.S…Nothing is beautiful in Baltimore!

  12. steellady says: Nov 1, 2011 10:01 PM

    thesportsguy52 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:39 PM
    EVERY dog finds a bone….

    zoltar9802 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:48 PM

    a lot of injury talk today coming out of pittsburgh…why if they dont have to say anything until wednesday? seems like a set up.

    Tomlin had his weekly press conference today so Im sure injury questions were asked..so why wait? Everyone seen woodley pulled from the game.. rolling eyes@a set up..

  13. steellady says: Nov 1, 2011 10:05 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Nov 1, 2011 9:29 PM

    Are the Steelers really that worried about the Ravens again that they are trying to rope a dope them with fake injury reports?

    I thought that kind of pettiness was saved for the NFC North

    Are the Ravens that worried that they create scenarios in their head? Ravens got us in week one…everyone including you know how rare that is..Its gonna be another hard fought divisional battle as always…From what Ive been seeing of the Ravens as of lately they have more than the Steelers injury report to be concerned with.

  14. iamthefootballjerk says: Nov 1, 2011 10:15 PM

    @steelersownyou says:
    Nov 1, 2011 9:51 PM
    If you believe woodley and harrison won’t play, then I have a beautiful piece of land in baltimore to sell you! P.S…Nothing is beautiful in Baltimore!
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    And you live innnnn….Fiji? No. Then I think if that is the best you got, you might want to take another 48 hours to come up with another one.

  15. holeinone09 says: Nov 1, 2011 10:58 PM

    What are the haters going to say when the Steelers win, and if neither Woodley nor Harrison plays? Get ready to cue the “refs made bad calls” excuse the Ravens are getting famous for making.

    Fact is, Steelers offense is playing head over heels better than the first game, and Ravens defense won’t be able to stop them now. They barely stopped the Cardinals. And Flacco will stop himself and the Ravens offense, with or without Woodley and Harrison.

    Steelers get their revenge this Sunday night. Mark it down folks.

    GO STEELERS!!

  16. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 11:05 PM

    @thesportsguy52 …

    People have criticized LeBeau for various missteps over the years, such as not making the necessary adjustments to handle Brady … until now. :D But given his overall track record, you wouldn’t roast the guy for one loss–especially not one where the offense gave up seven turnovers.

    And zoltar9802, the Steelers are talking about injuries on Tuesday because local sports reporters are all over the Woodley story heading up to the Ravens game. It’s not some big conspiracy to mislead the public. He’ll go if he can, and that’s all they’re going to say about it. As for all the “unnamed team sources” stuff, the only report I’ll believe is the one from my own eyes when the starting lineup takes the field.

  17. rwjk says: Nov 1, 2011 11:19 PM

    I’m starting to believe people from putzberg as dumb as they are ugly, and that’s realllllly dumb

  18. iamthefootballjerk says: Nov 1, 2011 11:21 PM

    It’s time for the Steelers and their fans to eat some humble pie. Looking forward to another stomping like week one. And of course, all of the “well, we didn’t have this guy and that guy” that you hear from the sore losers.

  19. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Nov 1, 2011 11:51 PM

    Ravens defense won’t be able to stop them now. They barely stopped the Cardinals. And Flacco will stop himself and the Ravens offense, with or without Woodley and Harrison.

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    You mean the defense 7 more points the Ravens let up to the Cardinals then the Steelers did? (The three TDs being a ridiculous return by Patrick Peterson, having the offense give the Cardinals the ball own the Ravens own 2 yard line and having Torrey Smith hand the Cardinals the ball own the Ravens 25 yard line).

    Heres the facts: Ravens gave up 207 yards of offense to the Cardinals, 130 less than the Steelers defense did.

    This defense won’t stop the Steelers despite being far and away the #1 defense in the league? The same defense that forced seven Steelers turnovers in the first week? The same defense that made that awful Steelers offensive line give up 4 sacks and forced 4 fumbles?

    The same Joe Flacco that with Woodley and Harrison torched the Steelers up and down the field and threw three touchdowns against them?

    Congrats, you guys beat New England and their 31st ranked defense. Your offense MUST be running on all cylinders now.

  20. occamssabre says: Nov 2, 2011 12:14 AM

    @holeinone09

    “Fact is, Steelers offense is playing head over heels better than the first game, and Ravens defense won’t be able to stop them now. They barely stopped the Cardinals.”

    * Yes, the Steelers “O” is playing great but don’t let the dismantling of the horrible Patriots “defense” lull you into a false sense of security. I can guarantee the Ravens won’t allow Ben to sit back there all day waiting for one of his receivers to open up. He’ll get his passes in but I think Suggs, Ngata, “Freddie” Kruger and Co. might have something to say about that.

    *As to your statement “they barely stopped the Cardinals” leads me to believe you didn’t watch the game. They scored their TD’s from short fields off of 2 turnovers (at the 2yd line and around the 25yd line, don’t remember exactly) and a kickoff return. They did nothing offensively throughout the game other than a 66yd pass to Fitzgerald (which accounted for 32% of their total offensive output for the day, btw). The Ravens “D” is also 2nd in the league behind the G-men in sacks for the year. I expect that trend to continue.

    I’ll say that I’m certainly not upset about Woodley missing this game (or the next for that matter) because I’m sure y’all are upset the Ravens will be without Lee Evans and Ben Grubbs.

    I look forward to Sunday night, 8:15pm. Should be the usual snot-knocker we always enjoy!

  21. tdrost13 says: Nov 2, 2011 12:57 AM

    I am a Steeler fan. I say screw it play em. well need em Baltimore isn’t a bad team.

  22. piemasteruk says: Nov 2, 2011 2:15 AM

    Okay, I’m officially confused by these injury report designations. You have repeatedly said that Questionable means the player i s’50/50′. Also we know that Probably means they will almost certainly play and Doubtful means that they will almost certainly not play (both to the point where you have to answer questions from the league if that turns out not to be the case).

    So what designation are you supposed to give a player who is, say, 75% to play?

  23. steellady says: Nov 2, 2011 6:49 AM

    How soon we forgot the dismall performance the Ravens had against the Jags……LOL……anyway its gonna be a good game Sunday night.

  24. steelersownyou says: Nov 2, 2011 7:15 AM

    This game isn’t even worth a discussion. Everyone who knows anything about football knows that joe flacco will never hold up a lombardi trophy! I mean c’mon, he couldn’t even win starting QB position at the university of pittsburgh! Look it up online its completely true! Baltimorons goin down!!!!!

  25. ravenator says: Nov 2, 2011 7:40 AM

    How soon we forget the havoc wreaking performance the defense put on the Squealers already once this year (with Woodley & Harrison)

  26. Steeler's Will says: Nov 2, 2011 7:55 AM

    The only source I’ve seen suggesting Woodley will play is Woodley (via facebook). It would be nice if he can, but even with a “just a strain” I’d rather see him rest it. I’m no Doctor though. I think this game will depend more on Ben and the O, and hopefully The Beard and the backups can keep Flacco uncomfortable.

  27. sudz28 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:09 AM

    @thesportsguy52:
    “Dick Lebeau isn’t underrated in ANY aspect of the game. I here more rear-end kissing about that dude than Brett Favre in his heyday. After the Ravens detroyed his “genius” schemes in week 1, no one, and I mean NO ONE, called him out with any sort of conviction, yet he got out coached.

    Not to say he isn’t a great coordinator, definitely HOF worthy, but any other Defensive caller would be roasted after a game like that.”

    Really? The Steelers offense turned the ball over *7* times that game. I’d say LeBeau is an absolute GENIUS for keeping the Ravens from scoring any more than 35 points. With 7 turnovers I would have expected a 50+ point run up.

  28. deadguy73 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:25 AM

    It’s always fun to hear all the smack talk from Ravens fans after one win. Especially the first game of the season… they always feel good at the start of the year.

    I could understand if they were coming off a year where they beat the Steelers three times… including a playoff game.

  29. ravenut06 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:26 AM

    steellady says:
    Nov 2, 2011 6:49 AM

    How soon we forgot the dismall performance the Ravens had against the Jags……
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    So the steelers lose BIG to the Ravens (35-7)and its a bad game but the Ravens lose to the Jags(12-7) and they are the worst team in the NFL. Last time i checked they have the same record. Let me guess the Patriots are just above the Ravens because the steelers beat them.

    @occamssabre and YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou

    100% agree how quickly people forget that the cardinals had 2 short fields and a special teams td. Our D stopped there offense last week and the steeler fans are just trying to grasp on to something.

  30. holeinone09 says: Nov 2, 2011 9:02 AM

    My opinion doesn’t matter, and neither does any others here. Everyone can make their point by giving their side of a play/game. Who cares? Reality is that the Steelers made a ton of mistakes in the first game, Ben played terrible, and if they play the same way they likely won’t win Sunday night. If Ben and the offense play like they have been playing recently, they likely will win easily. Yes, Ravens defense is better than the Pats for sure, but I don’t see how the Ravens will stop Wallace, Brown, Ward, Sanders and Miller the entire game, and with the way Ben is playing right now. I think the Steelers will just outscore the Ravens and win the game.

    Meanwhile, please don’t try to tell anyone that Flacco is having a great year. He is not. He is inconsistent.

    Then you have the Ravens fans aALREADY reminding Steelers fans not to complain about their mounting injuries to key people. Tell us all WHICH Steeler fans specifically complain about not having their key players play? I don’t see them posting here. Maybe they are afraid that Steeler will beat the Ravens without so many top rated players?? As always, Steelers will bring whomever is healthy enough to play, and so will the Ravens. It should be another hard hitting memorable game fans of both teams will be excited to watch.

    GO STEELERS!!

  31. jacklambert58 says: Nov 2, 2011 9:31 AM

    I love how all these Steeler haters/ravens fans r predicting what Steeler fans r going to use as excuses for a loss that hasn’t even happened yet, when they consistently whine abt how the refs r in fair to them… Good teams never let the refs decide the outcome of games – as I recall, it was those same refs that gave the ravens the ball inside the Arizona 2 on 3 occasions to help them complete the comeback… There is no question that injuries r a part of the game, and good teams find ways to overcome them. However, it can’t be seriously argued that injuries don’t concern fans or have the potential to effect the outcome of a game, just ask colts fans… I’m sure there isn’t a ravens fan around who wouldn’t be concerned if Suggs an Ngata were out for this game! Bottom line, injuries r concerns, not excuses – Next man up n whatever happens, happens! GO STEELERS!!

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