Troy Polamalu was back at practice today as expected and will play Sunday.
Only two players out for the Steelers are Brett Keisel and Marvel Smith, neither of which is a surprise.
For Dallas, it's looking like Marion Barber won't play. He's listed as questionable, but didn't practice all week and the Cowboys activated a running back from the practice squad to back up Tashard Choice, the only other back on the active roster.
I'd be shocked if the Cowboys beat the Steelers on a cold, wet Heinz Field turf with Tashard Choice at running back.
© Speaking of the Heinz Field turf, it got the highest vote (27 percent) as the worst in the NFL in a player's vote taken by Sports Illustrated.
But that's doesn't bother me as it does some others.
The turf at Heinz Field is a home field advantage for the Steelers. It's obviously in the heads of opposing players.
Watching films at training camp this year of games played in the 70s and on up through the 80s, there were some bad fields around the league at that time. Certainly Heinz Field is better than them.
And there's something about playing football in the mud that's just so natural.
The Steelers? Other than Willie Parker, I've never heard any players grousing about it. They're used to it and it really does give them a home field advantage.
The second-place finisher was Oakland at 13 percent.