Willie Parker made it through practice this week and will see his first action in more than a month at Washington.
That's good news for a Steelers' offense that has been a little pass heavy without Parker in the lineup.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians seemed to fall in love with Mewelde Moore's pass catching ability in recent weeks, constantly splitting Moore out wide with an empty backfield.
It didn't hurt them against Cincinnati, which has no pass rush. But it did have an effect againsts New York last week.
With Parker back, the Steelers will rely a little more on their running game.
© Marvel Smith is out again and doesn't appear anywhere close to returning. But Mike Tomlin continues to call his injury back spasms.
Regular readers of this blog know it's more than that. Maybe someday Tomlin will admit it.
© Ryan Clark is out, meaning Tyrone Carter will get the start.
Santana Moss has missed practice all week for the Redskins with a sore hamstring, but is expected to play. Could hurt his ability to get deep.
© This game is the perfect matchup for the Steelers.
The Redskins are a run-heavy offense that doesn't generate a pass rush on defense (10 sacks in eight games).
The Steelers will limit Clinton Portis, of that you can be sure. And of Ben Roethlisberger has time to throw, look out.
As long as the Steelers don't give up anything in the return game, they'll be OK.