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Insider Only Wednesday Practice Report: Polamalu wearing heavy brace

*Safety Troy Polamalu was on the field today but did not practice. He was wearing a heavy knee brace as the Steelers want his knee somewhat mobilized the next couple days.
Polamalu is regarded as “questionable at best” for Sunday’s game against Kansas City but he’s all but certain to miss his 5th game of the season.
Tyrone Carter took first team reps today at safety in place of Polamalu.
Browns claim Arnold Harrison
*The Cleveland Browns claimed linebacker Arnold Harrison who was released by Pittsburgh on Tuesday to make room for Donovan Woods. Woods will be active against Kansas City.
Bulletin board material for the Steelers?
* The Cincinnati Bengals gave the Steelers plenty of bulletin board material, if the two teams were to meet in the playoffs.
Carson Palmer made some comments how the Bengals out-schemed the Steelers and wanted it more but it was the classless act of linebacker Brandon Johnson after the game that the Steelers will have in their memory. It’s something you would never see in the Steelers locker room.
How the Bengals handle success is going to be very intriguing over the next 7 games. There’s a lot of football to be played despite Ryan Clark conceding that Cincinnati will win the division.
Quote of the day: *I’m coached to do certain things, and my number reason I’m here to is to kick kickoffs the best I can and make field goals,” Steelers kicker Jeff Reed.
Davis, Kirschke participate in individual drills
*Carey Davis and Travis Kirschke each practiced today but only participated in individual drills. Outside chance that Davis returns this week but Kirschke will likely be sidelined for another week.
Sweed putting the extra work in
*Could this be the week that Limas Sweed becomes more involved in the offense?

Mike Wallace did not practice today and could be limited this week with an illness. Sweed has been catching the ball very well in practice, putting the extra work in, which has got him on the field in special teams situations.
The Steelers rarely use four wide receivers but do have some set plays in the redzone where they use four wideouts to open the field.
Just have a hunch that he could see the field a bit more this week against Kansas City.
Parker remains on the sidelines
*Willie Parker was told last week that he would play every third series against Cincinnati. That wasn’t the case as Parker was only on the field for two plays.
In the past two games, he has been on the field for a total of three snaps.

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