The bad news for the Steelers, in terms of injuries coming out of last Sunday's game, is that up-and-coming left guard Doug Legursky will miss "a number of weeks" with a dislocated toe. Legursky did not undergo surgery but is in a walking boot.
Tomlin also reported at his Tuesday press conference that Chris Kemoeatu, Marcus Gilbert, Jason Worilds and Mewelde Moore are due back at practice this week, but the three potential starters of the group – Kemoeatu, Gilbert and Worilds – won't be named as such until they prove to Tomlin at practice that they've recovered sufficiently.
Hampton's replacement, Chris Hoke, suffered a stinger against Jacksonville and according to Tomlin is "experiencing a lack of strength in the shoulder." So Hoke is questionable to practice this week.
Also, wide receiver Mike Wallace suffered a minor hamstring injury that may limit him early in the practice week.
The Steelers scored on each of their first three possessions last Sunday but were blanked the rest of the way. Tomlin thought the team's apparent work stoppage in the second half occurred for these reasons:
1. No defensive turnovers.
2. A special-teams error that gave the Jaguars the ball back.
3. Poor offensive play on third downs.
The third point is the only one that's correctable, because the Steelers' poor conversion ate was due to poor protection.
On the Steelers' final four third-down plays, Max Starks was beaten three times and Jonathan Scott was beaten once.
On one of the three late-game sacks, Ben Roethlisberger fumbled but the Steelers recovered. On another pressure, Roethlisberger scrambled three yards to convert a third-and-2.
Either Starks needs to continue his conditioning process, or the coaching staff must use more help to protect on pass downs.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Last year's secondary coach, Ray Horton, is now Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt's defensive coordinator in Arizona. Tomlin was asked what effect his former assistant has had on the defense of this week's opponent.
"There are some similarities, no doubt," Tomlin said. "Ray is a very sharp coach. We have a great deal of respect for what he's capable of. He's always had strong opinions when he was here. ... It's Ray Horton and the Arizona Cardinals defense. There will be familiarity. It will help us in preparation and here is how: The guys that will be serving our offense will give us a better, more quality look. They'll probably play faster because of the similarities."