PITTSBURGH — LaMarr Woodley practiced on a limited basis Monday, as the Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the field to prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night at 8:20 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
This was significant, because Woodley has missed the club’s previous two-plus games with a hamstring injury and he hasn’t done anything since getting hurt in the third quarter Oct. 30 against the New England Patriots. So, the bye week apparently was good to Woodley, who leads the Steelers with nine sacks, nine quarterback pressures and one interception after a spectacular October.
“I’m still day-to-day, but it’s getting better,” Woodley said Monday. “I was limited out there, but I did a few things at practice. And I think I had a good practice. The worst thing about a hamstring injury is they take time to heal.
“If you take a look at guys across the league, coming back too early, (and) the next thing you know you’re out 2-3 more weeks. Those injuries can do those types of things, so you have to be careful (and) smart about it.”
The Steelers players are off Tuesday, but Woodley will get treatment and said he hopes to do more in practice Wednesday.
“Each day, you just take another step toward getting better, so that’s what I’ve been doing,” Woodley said. “I’m trying to make progress every day, and every day you just try to push it a little bit more.
“So, that’s why I’m just trying to get better every day. … I didn’t do any team stuff, just a little bit, but not too much. I did a few things with them and then went off to the side. Each day, it’s been better, so it’s better than last week.”
Second-year player Jason Worilds has started the past two games for Woodley after missing a lot of time himself with a quad injury.
“I think he’s doing a great job,” Woodley said. “Watching him in that Baltimore game, he did a great job putting pressure on Flacco, and … he’s getting comfortable being in there.
“The more you’re in there and the more you work with the defense, the more comfortable you are. And since Jason has been in there with the first unit, I think he’s been getting more comfortable all the time.”
Notes: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also practiced on a limited basis Monday, just a little individual work with no team drills, but he expected to pick things up for practice on Wednesday.
Roethlisberger worked with a splint protecting his right thumb and a glove on his right hand. He noted that gripping the ball was painful, but he was hopeful that would subside with time.
The team’s other injured player is wideout Emmanuel Sanders (knee). It appears to be more of a long shot for him to practice later this week, but we’ll see how the Steelers list him on the injury report Wednesday. They do not have to put out a report until then.