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LaMarr Woodley not expected to play Thursday night

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The Steelers’ top pass rusher is expected to miss another game.

LaMarr Woodley, who leads the Steelers with nine sacks this season, is extremely doubtful for Thursday night against the Browns, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports.

Woodley was named the AFC’s defensive player of the month for October, a month in which he recorded 7.5 sacks. But he suffered a hamstring injury at the end of that month and didn’t play at all in November. He finally got back on the field Sunday against the Bengals, only to aggravate the hamstring in the first quarter.

Now Woodley and the Steelers hope his most recent setback will only cause him to miss one game, and that he can play against the 49ers on December 19.

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16 Responses to “LaMarr Woodley not expected to play Thursday night”
  1. squirrelyfries says: Dec 7, 2011 9:27 AM

    Fiddlesticks!

  2. svcfilmguy says: Dec 7, 2011 9:31 AM

    We can still beat the Browns without Woodley, but I remain worried about this. The dropoff from Woodley to Worilds is huge. We need him back.

  3. richie500 says: Dec 7, 2011 9:32 AM

    Just precautionary, he’ll be ready for the playoff run!

  4. steelersmichele says: Dec 7, 2011 9:36 AM

    Injuries happen to every team. When Harrison went out with his eye injury, Woodley stepped up and recorded a bunch of sacks. When Woodley left Sunday’s game, Harrison stepped up. Rotating players has been nothing new for my team this year.

  5. Deb says: Dec 7, 2011 9:58 AM

    It’s just common sense not to let him play again in a four-day week, and instead rest him for the more difficult 49ers meeting. The most important thing is that he’s in shape for a playoff run–and a possible third meeting with the Ravens.

  6. steelersownyou says: Dec 7, 2011 9:58 AM

    To lose 1 of the best linebackers in the game stinks! I hope he’s well for the playoff run. Hamstring injuries are nagging injuries & have a tendency to linger! If we had him for that last Ravens game no way that last second td happens! Flacco would of been picking his teeth up off the grass in that last drive!

  7. bray72 says: Dec 7, 2011 9:59 AM

    A team always misses an injured pro bowl caliber player. But few teams are able to continue to play at the highest level with backups like the Steelers.

    The standard of performance expected by Tomlin not only applies to starters, but also to backups. While they don’t always perform at that level, they demonstrate a higher level of play than they would otherwise.

    In addition, the Steelers have a history of quietly finding excellent talent at all levels of college ball and always have a stable of young talent to rise up.

    They’ll be just fine as it becomes crunch time. They almost always are.

  8. jgrange08 says: Dec 7, 2011 10:42 AM

    Dream team…sorry wrong pa team

    I’d rather him rest maybe even the rest of the season to make sure he’s healthy for a playoff run. Their last four games include the browns twice, rams, and 49ers…so the steelers have a opportunistic schedule to do that.

  9. gforce90 says: Dec 7, 2011 11:05 AM

    No worries, the game will be fixed for Pittsburgh to win anyway.

  10. ravenator says: Dec 7, 2011 11:12 AM

    Pitt defense is getting old. Ravens have the younger more ferocious team now (as evidenced by the sweep)

  11. joeinoh says: Dec 7, 2011 11:18 AM

    He’ll probably still get two sacks while sitting on the bench. My poor Browns.

  12. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Dec 7, 2011 11:51 AM

    It pains me to admit this but being a Browns fan I can honestly say Pittsburgh could literally sit about 12 starters and still win this game without much trouble.

  13. steelersownyou says: Dec 7, 2011 12:37 PM

    @ravenator…. Steelers ranked #1 defense…Ravens #3.. As usual steelers beat defense year in & year out. Long way to go don’t choke another game at san diego in a few weeks!

  14. dickroy says: Dec 7, 2011 12:38 PM

    We have to win the rest of our games, and hope someone beats Baltimore to win the division. I don’t think that will happen, so looks like a wild card spot for us. We really need Woodley for the SF game out there.

  15. deadguy73 says: Dec 7, 2011 1:13 PM

    Just want Woodley to be healthy and in shape for the the playoffs.

    Most likely, the steelers will be a wildcard. If they are healthy, I think it will be a better situation than getting the bye. They came out flat and almost laid an egg after the bye… still not sure how far they can go, but I think their chances are better if they have to play every week.

  16. bigblacksteel says: Dec 8, 2011 4:19 AM

    dont give me this bulls@#% that Steeler nation is worried about the game with the lowly browns. we own that excuse for a team. Just watch Jason Worilds look to make Tomlin take notice once again by steppin’ up and knockin’ the snot out of cupcake Mcoy. trust me, just watch Mcoy go down at least 5-7 times with hard hittin’ fine loving sacks tonight! My score tonight to start cruising into the playoffs is Pittsburgh 42-10. JUST LIKE LAST WEEK, THIS GAME IS OVER AT HALFTIME OR WE DON’T BELONG WHERE WE ARE, THAT’S IT PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN THEN BLAME THE REST OF THE TEAM FOR NOT STEPPIN’ UP NOT THIS COACH. MIKES’ BEEN HERE TOO LONG TO TAKE THE BLAME IF THINGS GO WRONG. IS EVERY STEELER FAN WITH ME ON THIS ONE OR WHAT??????

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