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.

46 responses to “Steelers won’t have Steve McLendon on Thursday

  1. Three straight wins and the overall mediocrity of the AFC
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    Actually I’d say the overall mediocrity of the league as a whole this year. The NFC is no better.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. .

    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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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!!

  13. 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.

  14. @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.

  15. 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.

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

    Thank you for pointing that out.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. “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…

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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…)

  23. 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.

  24. 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…

  25. “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.

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

  27. 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…

  28. 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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