After a four day weekend the Steelers returned to work on Tuesday in preparation for the New England Patriots. Mike Tomlin addressed the media at noon for his weekly press conference. Tomlin opened up with an injury report. Cornerback Bryant McFadden is questionable and should practice this week as he tries to recover from a broken forearm. His status will determined later in the week. Starting running back Willie Parker has knee inflammation and is listed as questionable as well. If Parker can not play, Tomlin said he has no problem only going into the game with three running backs. Cornerback Deshea Townsend is still doubtful with a hamstring injury. Defensive end Brett Keisel has a MCL sprain in his knee and is out this week and likely will miss a few more weeks as well. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes is recovering from a concussion suffered against the Bengals and should be able to play Sunday versus the Patriots. Holmes will continue to be tested throughout the week. Tackle Marvel Smith is still out with a back injury and his status remains status quo.
Tomlin did his usual praising of the opposition in preparation for the New England Patriots. The decision to bring back punter Mitch Berger was mostly because he offers good continuity holding for kicker Jeff Reed on field goals and extra points. Berger needs to get his punting game up to snuff. Tomlin praised the play of safety Ryan Clark, especially his ability to communicate on defense with other players. Tomlin said it is good to have a veteran team going forward this time of year, but everyone knows what is at stake and what is expected of them.