LaMarr Woodley will get at least two more weeks off to rest his injured hamstring.
The Steelers ruled their linebacker out for the second straight week after Woodley missed practice again on Friday. Woodley, the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October, hurt the hamstring late in Pittsburgh’s victory over the Patriots two weeks ago and missed last week’s loss to the Ravens. With a bye coming for the Steelers next weekend, the hope is that the extended rest will enable Woodley to get back on the field without missing any more game action.
The Steelers should have linebacker James Farrior back after he missed two games with a calf injury. He’s listed as probable and his return means the Steelers have some options for replacing Woodley in the starting lineup. They could go with Jason Worilds or they could move Lawrence Timmons back outside. Timmons started at outside linebacker while James Harrison was recovering from a broken orbital bone.
Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Arnaz Battle were also ruled out for the Steelers.