Steelers Injury Report: Woodley Ruled Out For Packers Game; Could Go On Injured Reserve

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media on Tuesday for his weekly press conference and updated the injury situation heading into the Sunday game against the Green Bay Packers.

Tomlin said the arrow is pointed up with defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) right now. Keisel might participate in a limited capacity in practice on Wednesday, according to Tomlin, but definitely will on Thursday. They will monitor him as usual and see where that participation takes them in regard to him playing Sunday against the Packers.

As for linebacker LaMarr Woodley (calf), Tomlin ruled him out for the Packers game with a right calf injury and his availability is pretty bleak now that he has injuries to both calves. Tomlin has not ruled out placing Woodley on injured reserve, but that decision hasn’t been made as of yet.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon (ankle) is expected back this week after being forced to miss the game Sunday night with an ankle injury.

As far as other banged up players go, Tomlin expects wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) should all be fine this week.

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  • JAMESH

    Let’s see a little Heyward/McLendon at DE and Woods at NT. Please.

  • CrazyTerry

    Every muscle in Woodley’s lower body is getting injury prone – ankle ,calves, thighs, groin. What’s left. . Right now, his girlfriend is probably nervous that a night with him might lead to an injury to the last remaining body part in that lower body.

  • steeltown

    That would make 12players on IR

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Unless he’d take a pay cut, and there is no reason he should do that, that’s it for Woodley with the Steelers. The only question that remains is will they absorb the cap acceleration in 2014 or will they make him a June 1 cut. There is just no way to give him another $8M for what he produces. I hope they can keep Worilds.

  • steeltown

    The dead money involved with a 2014 release is more than the cost to keep him on roster, he’ll be back in ’14… 2015 might be a different story

  • Ike Evans

    They aren’t cutting woodley….the dead money is too great, and I’m sheepish about worilds because remember…..that kid has been injury prone as well…this is like the longest he’s ever been healthy. Will that last?

  • steeltown

    Worilds played a full 16game season in ’12

  • CrazyTerry

    There will be dead money even in 2015. They need to suck it up and release him next year . it will do wonders for the cap the following year. They need to cut Ike and reduce Troy’s salary big time and not resign Clark. That will be savings to absorb the dead money. Ravens have shown that they can play decent D with young new players. Why can’t the Steelers.

  • treeher

    Dave, what exactly are the injuries to Woodley’s calves? Pulled muscles? Is his body breaking down at this early stage in his career? His 6’2″ frame might not be meant to carry his weight.

  • steeltown

    Of course there will be, but we’re talking about nearly $14.2MIL in dead money next year, down to $8.4MIL in ’15

  • treeher

    Yes, and I think the competition with JJ did him wonders. I think he sticks now on the left side. Team needs to make some cap moves in other areas in order to retain him.

  • steeltown

    I sure hope they find a way

  • T R

    acutally dont think Ravens are playing that good of D. Just think they are getting away with alot of calls that they call against the Steelers and other teams. did you see all the BS they got away with last night.. And flaco lives off the Pass Interfence calls…

  • CrazyTerry

    Not great D. but they still had the best home red zone D until Steelers scored oin all their possessions on Thanksgiving. And they are doing with a lot of new players.

  • DrakePirate

    agreed, but we need to make some serious cuts so we are back in better cap shape by 2015-2016

  • ATL96STEELER

    You’re probably right, but maybe they should…OAK carried something like $49 mil in dead money this yr…and they still beat PIT this yr. Colbert chose to nibble at it and the team is mediocre at best so why not bite the bullet?

    Maybe as a 4-3 DE, but imo Woodley is finished as a premier 3-4 OLB

  • JohnnyV1

    Since signing his 6-yr, $61.5 million contract in August of 2011, The following are Woodley’s stats.
    – 2011 GP-10, GS-10, 39 Combined Tackles, 9 sacks, 1 INT, 0 FF
    – 2012 GP-13, GS-13, 38 CT, 4 sacks, 1 INT, 1FF
    – 2013 GP-11, GS-11, 36 CT, 5 sacks, 1 INT, 1FF
    One season w/ an injury happens. Two is very unfortunate. Three is a problem. It’s difficult if you’re a Steelers player, with a contract expiring, playing almost every game, wanting to stay with the team long-term and you go to the team and they don’t have money for you b/c it’s being used up by someone not producing/staying on the field. So you leave, and the players left behind are like “we could have kept him if we didn’t have Woodley, who’s hurt again” Hopefully this will end similar to Willie Colon. Woodley is not worth his pay.

  • ATL96STEELER

    I’m with your line of thinking on Woodley for certain…I think Ike will take an outright cut I’m hearing…if they offered JH $3mil to stay…I think Ike would take that and probably Troy as well….they both have $10 mil cap hits in ’14 so that will help, but imo doesn’t address enough for Worilds…Ben has to factor into it again.

  • RMSteeler

    So much for my theory that he might do better from the right side by getting a better push off his only uninjured lower body muscle. Part of a game and it’s blown out already. Genetics? I don’t know what type of training can prevent so frequent calf injuries, but at least it seems the Steelers trainers have stemmed the tide of the past two years’ hamstring curse (knock, knock).

  • steeltown

    Regardless of everything I’ve posted on this page, I agree with you, this is becoming a problem and if it wasn’t for his big contract that has been restructured twice over the story would be different. Could you imagine if we didn’t have Worilds this year, we’d be starting Chris Carter or maybe even Sylvestor at OLB

  • Jollyrob68

    Trade him and get a 3rd

  • Jollyrob68

    Timmons was considered injury prone his first two years. I’m riding with Worilds and trading Woodley for a pick

  • Jason

    You’re right on TR. Jump ball Joe gets more garbage PI calls than any Qb. 2 on 1 drive last night set up yet another fg.

  • Jason

    Nobody’s gonna take on this turds ridiculous salary for 5 sacks a year.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I understand its a bad situation. It will not help next year’s team to cut him. But, the 14.2 is already dead as a cap obligation. It’s an illusion (or delusion) to say you are minimizing it by keeping him on the team. You can take the full hit next year or divide it over 2 (June 1 designation), but either way that money is already spent. The only thing you control is how much money you throw down the well going forward.

  • steeltown

    I understand what you’re saying, but making him a june 1st designation wont help in regards to signing Worilds

  • John Hinton

    Great points. It was as if the refs were paid employees of the ravens. That (not called) armbar by Webb in the endzone ended up being the difference in the game (points-wise).

  • SteelersDepot

    Not sure how you can suggest this. First, whoever trades for him would also inherit his base salaries. That isn’t going to happen.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Injuries are part of the game, however Woodley seemed pretty obstinate during the offseason saying how he didn’t need to work with Tom Shaw because he believed his ankle injury is what slowed him down last year as opposed to his hamstring injury.

    It’s pretty evident to me that whatever Woodley is doing during the offseason is not working. Hamstrings, ankles, calfs…it all points to too much stress being placed on under developed lower legs.

    I don’t know if it’s a technique issue or a strength issue but he needs to get it figured out.

  • chris ward

    These soft tissue injuries for Woodley the last 3 years have been just crazy. I hope the Steelers are able to retain Worilds before he hits free agency.

  • Bill Molinaro

    My feelings when they re-did his contract was that I didn’t think he could perform at the level he was performing at prior to the long string of injuries. Like last year, I don’t believe it’s practical to cut him, nor is it practical to keep him. Perhaps they can salvage something with some sort of miracle trade buts that’s unlikely. The Steelers need to learn some sort of lesson from this which is: become better at managing the cap. One lesson that must be learned by this team is learn how to coach young players to a higher level of performance more quickly than they do at present. The other: don’t try to hang on to too many “super stars” of the past. They’re not superstars if they miss half of the games. And they need to be able to bring in the one free agent here and there that can really help them fill a hole.

  • Bill Molinaro

    The real lesson that must be learned here is: Don’t make these kind of deals in the future. Seemingly great players must be released at some point before they become liabilities that weigh you down for years down the road. The Patriots make these kinds of tough decisions every year and every year they remain highly competitive!

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    I don’t think Worilds signability will impact the decision on Woodley, The money is just too much for Woodley.

    They don’t need a lot of cap space in 2014 to sign Worilds. He will be given a bonus to cover the year 1 salary so the year 2014 hit may be as low as a couple million.

    I would like to keep Worilds, but I would not overpay to keep him either. You’re right, it’s a problem that the position is thin, but that was an issue this year at several positions and will be an issue every year until they get past their cap problems.

  • sean mcmartin

    I read on Ed Bouchettes blog if they release him after 1st it is not as big as most think. Woodley is gone..wherever he lands, he won’t stay healthy. and if he stays he won’t stay healthy.
    dump him after the 1st and sign worilds I still think Ike could cover the other teams worst receivers and be effective or play safety.
    kiesel, Hood, Clark are gone, and they have to restructure heath so keeping worilds sounds very plausible.

  • sean mcmartin

    The Steelers will make some cap moves and it sounds like Kiesel, Sanders, Hood, Clark, are not priorities.
    but worilds looks like he could stick.

  • sean mcmartin

    Hes’ too busy bowling. And. I’m wondering if the Steelers conditioning coaches even exist.

  • joed32

    Who’s JH?

  • steeltown

    somewhere around $5.5MIL after june 1st designation (plus the $8+MIL in dead money for 2015)

  • steeltown

    Well they’d have to find a way to get Worilds under contract if the decision is to release Woodley after june 1st… I agree that signing Worilds is doable

  • sean mcmartin

    Ok I think I see the light.Gerry dulac’s blog says it how it is. The fact is the Steelers save 25 million in salary. They will have dead cap money if woodley is on or off the team. and they can only control how to distribute the dead cap money. And the Steelers are not going to pay a guy as a top 3 player and he is injury prone for whatever reason.
    The Steelers FO has taken one for the team these last few seasons by paying top players to sit injured on the bench..

  • sean mcmartin

    Just like Colon. ..Announcing the AZ cardinals new OLB ..former pro bowler Lamarr Woodley. .make room on the bench..

  • JohnnyV1

    hahaha, well said! It would be a dream come true if we could unload that bag of bolts and move on.

  • mlc43

    I respect the Pats as much as the next guy, but they are also in the AFCE which helps out a lot, too.

  • mlc43

    A lot of talk on here about his injury history. Certain types of PEDs that a lot of football players use has the common side effect of making ones tendons and ligaments extremely tight and vulnerable to these types of injuries. You know…just to stir the pot. :)

  • HopalongCassidy

    The ‘dead money’ has been spent already but the 8 million hasn’t. That’s real money, not Monopoly money.

  • HopalongCassidy

    What about the money you save by cutting Troy, Clark, Keisel etc. That is a good chunk from which you could throw some at Worilds.

  • ATL96STEELER

    James Harrison

  • joed32

    Thank you.

  • steeltown

    Clark and Keisel are not under contract next year, so you’re not actually cutting them as you are not re-signing them. Cutting guys like Foote, Levi Brown and possibly Ike Taylor is where you save money