Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday with Tomlin

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said defensive end Aaron Smith's health continues to improve as he works back from a torn triceps muscle.

Smith has been lifting weights for a little over a week now with no ill effects and it looks like he may be back before the end of the regular season.

Smith has been targeting the Carolina game as a possible return, but it's more likely he may see a little action in the regular season finale against Cleveland, just to get his feet wet before the playoffs.

Tomlin said that tight end Heath Miller passed all of his concussion tests and will be cleared to return to practice Wednesday.

Flozell Adams continues to deal with his ankle sprain and will be held out of practice early in the week.

Bryant McFadden, who is still dealing with a hamstring injury, could be limited as well.

Troy Polamalu, as has been the case the past few weeks, will be held out of practice early in the week as he continues to deal with his Achilles' tendon soreness.

Anthony Madison (knee contusion) and Keyaron Fox (elbow) were injured in last Sunday's win over Cincinnati, but should be good to play this Sunday against the Jets.

6 comments:

marc said...

dale,
is #43's achilles a chronic problem or something he did this year and just isn't getting a chance to rest it?

also, how is pouncey holding up? you hear many times how rookies hit a wall about 3/4's into their first season.

thanks

Anonymous said...

Great to get Heath back (knock on wood). This offense is due to score some of those touchdown things!

ibygeorge said...

Can a return of Smith make any difference on the short dumps by Brady? He's sure a run stopper.
I heard #43's problem was a calf and not the achilles.
Is there any chance to get Miller more involved in the remaining games? More Miller/Mendy dumps less Mendy runs?

Dale Lolley said...

They've been coy about the injuries. There's not much difference between an Achilles' and a calf. The Achilles' tendon runs up through the calf. It's a tendonitis in the Achilles. I've had it before. Rest helps. But you can play with it and not do any more damage. It's just painful as hell.

And getting Aaron Smith back helps everything defensively.

Joe said...

Do you think #43 can get healthy if we get a bye & are able to rest him in week 17 - 3 weeks recovery enough? Or do you think this will linger into the offseason?

keevin said...

an achilles injury is very painful, it hurts walking let alone running. If the last game doesnt matter and we can rest Troy then and a bye week, he should be back to 100%

the announcers last game praised Pouncey's work ethic. He's only 21 years old, he is going to get so much stronger. What a great draft pick on the same level as Ben and Troy