Dale Lolley reports this morning that Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke is struggling to return to game ready action as he tries to recover from his latest stinger suffered against Jaguars.
Lolley reports that the issue is that this is the second such stinger that Hoke has suffered in a short period of time and that the nerve sheath still hasn\'t regenerated. Lolley goes on to suggest that this will likely be an issue for Hoke for the remainder of the season.
Yesterday Mike Tomlin described the status of Hoke as status quo and made it sound like he will indeed miss his second straight game against the Patriots this week. Tomlin did say however that he expects starter Casey Hampton to practice today as he returns from his shoulder injury that has sidelined him the last 3 weeks. If Hampton can\'t play this week, Steve McLendon would make his second straight start.