Thursday, December 8, 2011

INJURY REPORT- Thursday Night Game

UPDATED 5:27PM PST
KEY INJURIES

CLEVELAND

Colt McCoy (knee) is listed as probable.  He practiced fully meaning the knee sprain can't be limiting him too much.

Peyton Hillis (hip) is questionable but expected to play.  As mentioned in my blog both teams will be hurting, and it's not an ideal matchup.  Still I have to admit I'd prefer a probable status to questionable.  I'm thinking about sitting him for Ben Tate this week, but my other key starter McFadden is out and Beanie Wells has had two new injuries crop up, besides the fact he's going against SF.  Hillis may get a play by default for me. MARY KAY CABOT confirms Hillis is starting tonight vs. Pitt.  I'm on the fence at this point but may have to run with him (pun intended).  I'm benching Hillis for Ben Tate.  I expect Hillis to get his share of carries and probably 50-60 yards....but Tate should see an elevated workload after Arian Foster had 31carries last week.  It's a hard call because everyone including me drafted Hillis for big games this year. 
T.J. Ward (foot) - the young strong safety won't play again Thursday.  Always something Mike Wallace yearns to hear.

Mike Adams (shoulder) - Adams is the starting free safety, he's questionable. 


PITTSBURGH

Ben Roethlisberger (thumb) is probable.

Rashard Mendenhall (back) is probable.  He'll start.

Emmanuel Sanders (foot) - is out meaning Hines Ward will be more involved.

Lamar Woodley (hamstring) -the Steelers leading sacker is likely to miss this game.  He's listed as doubtful.  Just call him out and be done with it.

Troy Polamlau (knee) is probably but a bit concerning because this is a new injury.  He was coming off a concussion last week, but now you have to keep an eye on this.  If he goes down, the Steelers can't replace him.  No one can do what Troy does.

James Farrior (thumb) & Larry Foote (hamstring)  - Add two more Steelers linebackers to the "playing not at full strength list".  Keep checking for that Hillis update.


All others are probable.  Check back in to this same blog for any updates.