Tomlin Press Conference

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talked about his dwindling injury list, as well as notes about Hines Ward, Roger Goodell and Cameron Heyward.

The offensive line will work together for a fifth consecutive game Sunday night and the defense might be missing only one starter – if that – as the Steelers come out of their bye week.

It's a team that's obviously coming back to health as the season hits the homestretch, so Steelers coach Mike Tomlin touched on some minor injury issues yesterday at his weekly press conference.

1. Troy Polamalu missed practice Monday due to "rib discomfort." Tomlin said he expects him to play Sunday night in Kansas City.

2. Ben Roethlisberger re-fractured his right thumb in Cincinnati and was limited at Monday's practice with a splint and glove on his right hand. "He's going to be able to play," said Tomlin. "Those of us who know Ben understand he'll show and show for his teammates and the standard will be the standard in terms of performance."

3. LaMarr Woodley is "day to day" with a hamstring injury that's kept him out of two games. The outside linebacker is the only defensive starter whose status is in question for Sunday's game.

4. Emmanuel Sanders is "working his way back to us," Tomlin said of the young receiver with the knee injury. "He had a productive day (Monday). We'll see how he responds."

Tomlin said that "no one is out at this juncture."

As for his quarterback, Tomlin said "There's a pain-tolerance issue; there's a comfortability issue. All of those things will be sorted out through the coming week. I'm not overly concerned about his ability to be effective in the midst of this."

Tomlin also touched on a few other leftover issues from the bye week:

* On Hines Ward's playing status after receiving only nine snaps in Cincinnati, Tomlin said: "That's to be determined. That's what we're doing on days like today."

* On his meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell, presumably over Tomlin's comments to his team that Ryan Clark's fined hit being a legal one, Tomlin said, "I thought it was very productive. We exchanged some ideas. The meeting was borne out of a conversation between Art [Rooney II] and the commissioner. I thought it was very productive. It's good bye-week stuff and it's in my rearview mirror."

* On the limited number of snaps first-round pick Cameron Heyward received at defensive end in Cincinnati: "Brett Keisel and Ziggy Hood are highly conditioned and playing well. We have no reservations about playing Cam."


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