Roethlisberger & Pouncey Plan On Practicing Today, Woodley Not Optimistic This Week
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey both plan on practicing today according to Twitter reports by Scott Brown, Mark Kaboly and Ed Bouchette. Kaboly reports that Roethlisberger has absolutely no limp at all walking through the locker room today and that he looks 100 percent fine. Brown reports that Pouncey said he is “pain free” and that he is playing Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and that he means it this time.
Both Roethlisberger and Pouncey sat out last week against the St. Louis Rams as they both recover from left high ankle sprains suffered against the Browns a few weeks back. Roethlisberger did play against the San Fransisco 49ers the game after he suffered his injury, but Pouncey has not played since he left the Browns game in the first half. Gerry Dulac reported on Tuesday that the Steelers hope to get Roethlisberger about 25-30 snaps in the game on Sunday.
Although the prospects look good for both Roethlisberger and Pouncey this week, Dale Lolley reports via Twitter that outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is not as optimistic about playing against the Browns. Woodley reportedly said that he may be better off resting another week according to Lolley. Woodley sat out last the game against the Rams this past Saturday after suffering some fatigue in his injured hamstring in the Monday night game against the 49ers. Woodley initially injured his hamstring back in week 8 against the New England Patriots and has only appeared in two games since then. Dulac added on Twitter that Woodley will sit out this week.
It also looks like wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders might be able to play Sunday against the Browns as well according to Dulac. Sanders has missed the last three games due to discomfort in his surgically repaired left foot.
Rookie right tackle Marcus Gilbert told the media today that he will be back in starting lineup Sunday against the Browns after being benched Saturday against the Rams for being late to team meeting.
We will have the full Wednesday injury report up later today following practice.