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Insider Only NFL: Woodley a part time player for rest of year?

Should Steelers shut Woodley down till at least Christmas?
The Pittsburgh Steelers may not see the type of dominant play from LaMarr Woodley they saw during a stretch of four games in October, again this season.

Woodley returned to the lineup on Sunday against the Bengals, for the first time since October 30th. It was an uneventful return for Woodley who could barely make it out of the first quarter and did not play the entire second half.
Woodley downplayed his limited playing time to just his hamstring being “tired”.
“The game plan was to not play the entire game anyway, so once we started racking up some points and everything I just came out,” Woodley said. “My hamstring got tired, just like they (trainers) said it would. I felt pretty good, but it got tired. And I stayed out after that.”
This is an injury for Woodley that could linger the rest of the season and into the playoffs, which Woodley admitted today, claiming that he and Jason Worilds could be apart of a rotation.
“It’s a rotation that’s probably going to be going on the rest of the year, ” Woodley said.
Woodley returning today with the Steelers playing again Thursday night might not have been the best idea in the first place due to the short rest and type of injury he has.
The mindset now for the Steelers needs to change and that’s trying to get Woodley close to full strength for the playoffs. Even if it means sitting him until Christmas or beyond as returning on December 19th against the 49ers on Monday night football would have Woodley on yet another short week with the Steelers playing on Christmas eve against the Rams in week 16.

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