Chris Kemoeatu did not practice today and has a noticable limp. I’m hearing he has an ankle injury but there has been no word from Steelers headquarters. The Steelers are concerned and we may see Trai Essex start Monday night.
Marvel Smith missed practice today and as I stated yesterday don’t count on him playing. There is more to his back spasms than the coaching staff is saying.Troy Polamalu was not on the practice field but he is not injured.
The good news for the Steelers is Casey Hampton and LaMarr Woodley are practicing. Both players have been nursing injuries. Woodley with a calf injury and Hampton with turf toe.
The Steelers coaching staff has talked about using Willie Parker and Mewelde Moore as a one-two-punch this week. I’m hearing 12-15 touches for Parker.
Aaron Smith did miss practice yesterday and has been in and out for the past two weeks due to personal reasons but the Steelers do expect him to play
Santonio Holmes has had a very good week of practice. Seems motivated for a big game Monday night.
Punter Mitch Berger did punt today but there is still no word whether he will play. The Steelers added punter Ricky Schmitt to the practice squad this week.