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Steelers won’t have Steve McLendon on Thursday

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When the Steelers were 2-6, it was hard to imagine that they would enter their Thanksgiving Day game against the Ravens with much to play for outside of draft positioning.

Three straight wins and the overall mediocrity of the AFC have conspired to put them back in the mix for a playoff spot, however, and they’ll travel to Baltimore for what could turn out to be a de facto elimination game with the 5-6 Ravens. The Steelers will be down a couple of defensive players for the game, however.

Coach Mike Tomlin announced at his Monday press conference that nose tackle Steve McLendon will miss the game with a sprained right ankle. It’s a blow to the Steelers’ run defense as they’ll now turn to Ziggy Hood, Al Woods and/or Loni Fangupo in the middle of a line that’s been without defensive end Brett Keisel in the last two weeks. Tomlin said he wasn’t ruling Keisel, who has a foot injury, out of this week’s game.

The same goes for linebacker LaMarr Woodley and safety Shamarko Thomas, who have missed the last two weeks with calf and ankle injuries respectively. Cornerback Curtis Brown won’t be in the lineup, though. The reserve defender and special teamer will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.

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  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 12:29 PM

    Bubby Brister Era.

  2. mostlombardisintheleague says: Nov 25, 2013 12:42 PM

    Hey diddle diddle, it’s Ray Rice up the middle – all night long.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:48 PM

    Three straight wins and the overall mediocrity of the AFC
    _________________

    Actually I’d say the overall mediocrity of the league as a whole this year. The NFC is no better.

  4. steelerben says: Nov 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    A short rest game for a chance to work into the last wildcard slot with half of the defense out? I have trouble feeling too optimistic about it. But at least it is against the Ravens, so you know the Steelers will show up to play.

    Best two games of the year, regardless of records.

  5. steelpenbucs87 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    FWIW it sounds like Keisel has a good shot to get back so in all likelihood you’ll see a rotation of Keisel and Heyward primarily on the outside, with Woods and Hood both getting time inside and outside to spell those guys a bit.

    Should be a heck of a game.

  6. sbchampsagain says: Nov 25, 2013 12:56 PM

    Steve McLendon is a poor man’s Terrance Cody.

  7. humbleminded85 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    All the time Dr Rustbelt puts into trolling is hilarious simply based off the fact that his team could only wish to have the stability the Ravens and Steelers have had. The Bungles…yes…have a great team now. You should have a great young team when your suckness has led to 1,328 straight top 5 picks. The Bungles are still the Bungles, meaning until they ACTUALLY win a meaningful game they are still those laughable losing Bungles and the irony of you spewing about “elite” when your QB is named Andy Dalton just makes me smile from ear to ear. I hate the Steelers but facts are your friends and the fact is Ben is proven, Flacco is proven, and Dalton is just another guy holding a solid team back. So keep trolling skippy, after all that’s all you can do when your a Bungle fan.

  8. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 25, 2013 1:01 PM

    McLendon has been strong holding the point lately. We will miss him. My guess is we slide Ziggy in inside – and hope he can bring it.

    The game versus the Ravens is huge — we need to wreck their season.

  9. steelnucs says: Nov 25, 2013 1:06 PM

    @ humbleminded –

    Beautiful, man – just beautiful.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    5 wins – 6 losses

    LOL!!!

  11. raylewisandhisteeth says: Nov 25, 2013 1:13 PM

    I can’t believe that Bengal fans are laughing at Pitt and Balt. fans when Dalton is their “Franchise” QB. Win a playoff game or get homefield advantage in the playoffs before you spout off.

  12. 6ball says: Nov 25, 2013 1:18 PM

    .

    The Steelers defense has been a model of consistency over the past 7 weeks, giving up 6, 16, 21, 55, 10, 27 and 11 points to their respective opponents.

    .

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    .

  13. apkyletexas says: Nov 25, 2013 1:19 PM

    Al Woods played better than McClendon against the Browns.

    And I didn’t even realize Curtis Brown was still on the roster until I saw him rolling on the ground clutching his knee.

    So, there’s that.

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    Steelers 55
    Ravens 3

  15. humbleminded85 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    5 wins – 6 losses

    LOL!!!
    ————————————————–
    Your comeback or lack thereof just proves my point.
    Get at me when they do ANYTHING meaningful…anything.

  16. TheBirdsAreBackinBmore says: Nov 25, 2013 1:30 PM

    Steelers vs. Ravens is always a slug fest and I am so grateful its on primetime for the world to see. I appreciate the rivalry between the two and they always impress. Respect to Pitt for turning there season around, I definitely didnt expect it. I like the Ravens for the split @ home. Seems like a tall task for Pitt to win this game. I dont see it being an elimination game for either team seeing how bad the whole NFL is this year. There will be an 8-8 wildcard team in both conferences this year

  17. TheBirdsAreBackinBmore says: Nov 25, 2013 1:33 PM

    and one of those 8-8 teams will win the SB

  18. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Nov 25, 2013 1:52 PM

    sbchampsagain says:
    Nov 25, 2013 12:56 PM
    Steve McLendon is a poor man’s Terrance Cody.
    ——————–
    Cody: 9 tackles
    McLendon: 28 tackles and 1 forced fumble

    lolwhat?

  19. steelerfanjo says: Nov 25, 2013 1:58 PM

    McLendon is a non-factor for Steeler.

  20. troy43mvp says: Nov 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    I like Al Woods. Hope he gets a lot of playing time. Bungal trolls are quite humorous considering they have not won a game of significance since Ken Anderson was doing Sanka commercials. Even with all of the top 5 picks over the years.

  21. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    Andy Dalton:

    2954 yards – 21 td – 15 int – 4 fumbles

    $612,009 – 2013 salary

    $1,659,063 – 2014 cap hit

    ben roethlisberger:

    3118 yards – 19 td – 10 int – 7 fumbles

    $11,600,000

    $18,895,00 – 2014 cap hit

    ENJOY!!!

  22. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Nov 25, 2013 2:19 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 25, 2013 1:59 PM
    Andy Dalton:

    2954 yards – 21 td – 15 int – 4 fumbles

    $612,009 – 2013 salary

    $1,659,063 – 2014 cap hit

    ben roethlisberger:

    3118 yards – 19 td – 10 int – 7 fumbles

    $11,600,000

    $18,895,00 – 2014 cap hit

    ENJOY!!!
    ——————
    So far it’s been a pretty great ride with the playoff appearances and championships. Money well spent in my opinion.
    You do realize Dalton is playing on his rookie contract right? He will get his payday in two (?) years, if not by the Bungles then by someone else.

  23. alchemistcirca1979 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:26 PM

    The Steelers wont be in their base defense most of the game because the Ravens will use 3 Wides.

    McClendon is solid, however so is Al Woods and Fongupu(?)

  24. Deb says: Nov 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    @humbleminded85 …

    Always nice to see you–and in such good form, too ;) Looking forward to another great Steelers/Ravens matchup Thursday night!

    Hate to hear McClendon is out. Ziggy has never lived up to promise. McClendon’s done pretty well at that position. But compensating for injuries is part of the game.

  25. alchemistcirca1979 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    has anyone noticed how former first round pick Cam Hayward has been making a his case for best Steelers defender.

    Cam Hayward can flat out play football wherever he is lined up. He shows up every game and does the dirty, ugly work that doesn’t show up in the stat book (although his stats are good for a 34 DE). Guy just shows up to work and gives his all every play.

    Just thought I’d mention the guy since no one else seems to.

  26. steelerrc says: Nov 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    Going to be a great game to end Thanksgiving Day! Too bad the early games are gonna suck!

  27. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    Yup… a guy on a rookie contract is equal to an All-Pro 10 year veteran.

    Thank you for pointing that out.

  28. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    Sorry…. Pro Bowl…. NOT All-Pro.

    ben roethlisberger has never been All-Pro.

  29. Deb says: Nov 25, 2013 3:02 PM

    @alchemistcirca1979 …

    Yes, on Heyward!

  30. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    Andy Dalton (First Three NFL Seasons):

    68 td – 44 int – 13 fumbles

    10021 yards

    Defense Rankings – 9th, 8th, 6th

    – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    ben roethlisberger (First Three NFL Seasons):

    52 td – 43 int – 9 fumbles

    8519 yards

    Defense Points Rankings – 1st, 3rd, 11th

  31. alchemistcirca1979 says: Nov 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    doctorrustbelt says: Nov 25, 2013 2:46 PM

    Yup… a guy on a rookie contract is equal to an All-Pro 10 year veteran.

    Thank you for pointing that out.
    —————————————————-
    Yes the Steelers actually do have YOUNG talent that was obtained through drafting well.

    Quantcast

  32. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Nov 25, 2013 3:31 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 25, 2013 2:46 PM
    Yup… a guy on a rookie contract is equal to an All-Pro 10 year veteran.

    Thank you for pointing that out.
    —————–
    “Equal”. rrrrriiiight.

  33. mikemyditka says: Nov 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    “doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 25, 2013 1:59 PM
    Andy Dalton:

    2954 yards – 21 td – 15 int – 4 fumbles

    $612,009 – 2013 salary

    $1,659,063 – 2014 cap hit

    ben roethlisberger:

    3118 yards – 19 td – 10 int – 7 fumbles

    $11,600,000

    $18,895,00 – 2014 cap hit

    ENJOY!!!”
    ___________________________________

    Im pretty sure every Steelers fan DOES Enjoy it.

    The Question is, Is Ben Worth The Money?

    I Say Yes.

    Dalton ISNT Worth Ben’s Money, So You Can Have Your Crappy QB on The Cheap…

  34. spyboots says: Nov 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    @ doctorrustbelt:

    Roethlisberger 2

    Flacco 1

    Dalton 0

  35. stillers213 says: Nov 25, 2013 5:03 PM

    If the Steelers or Ravens come back to win the division, will Dr Troll disappear forever? I say yes he will.

  36. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Nov 25, 2013 6:01 PM

    Nov 25, 2013 5:03 PM
    If the Steelers or Ravens come back to win the division, will Dr Troll disappear forever? I say yes he will.

    I say no. He will just change his name and come back as a pats fan.

  37. steelcurtainn says: Nov 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    The steelers won’t need McClendon this week. The Ravens can’t run or score many points anyways. Rest up, Stevie!!!

  38. steel2372 says: Nov 25, 2013 8:28 PM

    Steelers have been playing great! All eyes will be on the Steelers Ravens game Thanksgiving night. It is always the best games of the year regardless of the score. It will be a tough game with current injuries but the Steelers have been on a roll last few games. This is for the playoffs

  39. needtwohandsforalltheserings says: Nov 25, 2013 10:19 PM

    Please dont feed the trolls guys. I know it is hard (I myself am chomping at the bit to put doctorrustbelt in his place), but trolls do what they do for the attention. The more you respond (regardless if your comments are valid, well thought out, intelligible, etc.) the more fuel you add to the fire. Dont comment, dont down vote, dont do anything. Trolls have no life and you can never make them go away…however, you can act like their parents and just ignore them. So again, I ask all of you: DONT FEED THE TROLLS

    Anyways, as always, the Ravens vs Steelers game promises to be a great one. May the best team win (the best team being the Steelers, in my unbiased opinion…)

  40. scoobies05 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:47 PM

    ravens vs steelers on thanksgiving night. doesnt get any better. drrustbelt can watch his tv and see what 2 elite franchises look like.

  41. originalsteelcurtain says: Nov 26, 2013 12:39 AM

    Steelers started the season 0-4, were badly underprepared, and were very bad on both sides of the ball.

    Steelers are 5-2 since, are vastly improved on O, have improved a little on D, and the coaches have woken-up and have done a much better job.

    Neither team has run the ball very well, so it will come down to turnovers, and Ben vs. Flacco. It will be a 3 point game as usual.

    As for doctor rustbrain, nobody takes the pajama-wearing Bungals seriously, especially with your noodle-arm QB. Watch the late game Thursday and see what a real rivalry is all about.

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 26, 2013 1:32 AM

    I think everyone needs to ease up on drrust, he’s still stinging from watching Carson light it up with AZ. What could have been, oh what could have been…

  43. mitchitized says: Nov 26, 2013 3:13 AM

    “I’m just glad the game is prime time for all the world to see…”

    You mean “all the US” – going to be really tough watching a game that starts at three in the morning, and even tougher not getting kicked out of the house while the game is going on!

    The only benefit of a down year is that the next year my Steelers don’t get many night games, so I don’t have to turn into a vampire to watch them.

    Someone contact Dr. Rustypants’ handlers and inform them they gotta bump up the meds.

    Ravens. Steelers. Records don’t matter, this game is going to be a slugfest.

  44. pabrownsfan says: Nov 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    Good luck to the fans of both teams. Mine is dead in the water. Congrats to Steeler fans on the win last week.

  45. sbchampsagain says: Nov 26, 2013 3:41 PM

    Someone tell Dr. Rusty to watch the game Thanksgiving night. They could be seeing two playoff teams in Pitt and Balt.

    In the AFCN Cleveland has tanked and Cincy appears to be headed that way too…

  46. holeinone09 says: Nov 27, 2013 9:32 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Nov 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    Andy Dalton:

    2954 yards – 21 td – 15 int – 4 fumbles

    $612,009 – 2013 salary

    $1,659,063 – 2014 cap hit

    ben roethlisberger:

    3118 yards – 19 td – 10 int – 7 fumbles

    $11,600,000

    $18,895,00 – 2014 cap hit

    ENJOY!!!

    **********

    Are you saying that Dalton won’t earn a bigger second contract? Is that an admission by you that he is not going to be a good QB, since if he is he will get paid a ton of money at his next contract? Your admission of his poor play is somewhat shocking considering your allegiance to the Bengals, but at least you are being honest about Dalton being sub-par and not going to earn a bigger contract.

    As well, all Steeler fans enjoyed the 2 Super Bowl wins Ben was a part of. How many do the Bengals or Dalton have, pal? Yeah, that’s right. I would say Ben earned his money under his current contract, especially considering how much some other QBs are getting paid these days, like Flacco.

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