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Tomlin Presser Notes & Buzz

*First off, our thoughts and prayers go out to Emmanuel Sanders and his family. Sanders mom passed away this morning.
Some news out of Mike Tomlin’s press conference this afternoon:
*Backup guard Doug Legursky is the only player declared out for Sunday’s game, according to Tomlin.
The following players fall into the category of players who have not been ruled out and whose playing status will be determined as the week progresses.
*James Farrior (calf) who’s considered a longshot to play, is expected to be a limited participant early in the week, according to Tomlin.
*Chris Hoke (shoulder) falls into the same category.
*Emmanuel Sanders who is dealing with the loss of his mother, needs to get his left knee evaluated. The injury happened at somepoint in the first half of Sunday’s game.

LaMarr Woodley’s (hamstring) status for Sunday will be determined by how much he can practice this week, according to Tomlin. Some reports are already declaring him out but way too early for that.
Hines Ward (ankle) expected to practice tomorrow.
*James Harrison has been cleared for practice, which Tomlin called “awesome news”. Tomlin said he will be evaluated later in the week. However, Harrison is not expected to play.
*Jason Worilds (quad) who the Steelers would love to get back this week, is currently scheduled to practice tomorrow. Whether he can get through a full week of practice remains to be seen.
*Tomlin on his assessment of Sunday’s game, was extremely pleased with the Steelers ability on third downs, — (on both sides of the ball). “Thought we did an awesome job on third down, ” Tomlin said.
One area of concern for Tomlin was the team’s inconsistencies in the redzone.
“We can’t be 2-5 in the red area, ” Tomlin said.
*Tomlin said the Steelers won’t be throwing 50 times (we’ll see about that) against the Baltimore Ravens. “You’re going to get sacks, fumbled or intercepted, ” Tomlin said.
*With a chance of James Farrior, Jason Worilds and LaMarr Woodley all not playing, in addition to James Harrison remaining sidelined, Brett Keisel will be an option to play outside linebacker in certain situations.

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