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McFadden out, Miller questionable

Mike Tomlin Press Conference News & Notes
Bryant McFadden is out for Thursday’s game but has begun practicing. A good target date is next week’s game against New England
Deshea Townsend has also been ruled out for Thursday‚Äôs game. Fernando Bryant will likely see an increased role Thursday night. Against the Chargers, Anthony Madison started the game as the team’s nickle back but as the game progressed Fernando Bryant saw his role increase.
Potentially the Steelers could have Heath Miller back this week. Miller will continue to be evaluated today and on Wednesday before the Steelers make a decision.
Mike Tomlin would neither confirm nor deny that Marvel Smith has had another back surgery. He sort of by-passed the question.
It appears Gary Russell will continue get a look as the teams short yardage back. Tomlin also mentioned Willie Parker is a possibility despite his shoulder injury.
Unique week for the Steelers
The Steelers had a early walk through this morning to go over their game plan for Thursday night‚Äôs matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. This is basically a Friday for the Steelers in regards to their preparation. Tomorrow’s practice will be the most important according to Tomlin.

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