It is Tuesday and that means Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media today for his weekly press conference to discuss the win over the Titans this past Sunday and give a look ahead at the upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Sunday at Heinz Field. Tomlin updated the injury status of several players in addition. Below is the audio of the presser and the talking points from today.[audio:http://www.steelersdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/mike-tomlin-week-6-jaguars-press-conference.mp3]
Injury wise, Tomlin said Mewelde Moore (ankle) continues to work his way back from his left high ankle sprain. Tomlin says he is questionable. Maurkice Pouncey (knee) has a right knee contusion but should be fine. He may be limited in the early portion of the week. Jason Worilds (quad) continues to work his way back, but Tomlin does not seem too optimistic that he will be ready this week. Marcus Gilbert (shoulder) also deemed as questionable and he said Jonathan Scott will start at right tackle if Gilbert can not play. Tomlin also said Casey Hampton (shoulder) is also questionable with his right shoulder injury. Chris Kemoeatu (knee) is deemed questionable and it depends on his level of participation this week. Tomlin would not speculate who would start at right guard if Kemoeatu plays. Aaron Smith (foot) is expected to be out again with his foot sprain and James Harrison (eye) will be out again as well. Tomlin speculates that timetable on the Harrison return is a month. Cortez Allen (ankle) will likely work himself back in this week after being out last week. Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) and Ben Roethlisberger continue to progress from their injuries per Tomlin.
More talking points coming shortly.
Tomlin said that William Gay and Keenan Lewis will continue to start ahead of Bryant McFadden and that he would not fix what is not broken.
Lawrence Timmons was praised for his play against the run at right outside linebacker in place of Harrison.
Tomlin said that special teams have made some splash plays but also had some miscues.
Tomlin praised play of Isaac Redman, but it was what he expected. Pleased not surprised. Same goes for Jonathan Dwyer. Not surprised by Dwyer running ball, noted his special teams play and all other areas of his game.