Dec 19, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated Pittsburgh 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Injury Report: LaMarr Woodley listed as doubtful vs. Lions

When the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field, there is a good chance they will have to do so without their best pass rusher.

Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is listed as doubtful for Sunday with a calf injury, meaning it’s likely he won’t be available when the Steelers search for their second consecutive victory.

Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) warms up prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Woodley leads the Steelers with five sacks on the season, which isn’t really anything to brag about, but considering the fact that the Steelers only have 16 sacks (28th in NFL) as a team on the season, his potential absence could be felt.

If Woodley can’t go, expect Jason Worilds to start in his spot and rookie Jarvis Jones to get the start on the right side.

Woodley, who missed practice Friday for a third consecutive day, remains optimistic about his chances to play, telling Mike Prisuta of

“I have a great shot,” Woodley said. “Two days left. I have until 11:30 on Sunday. I’m the only one who really knows how my calf is feeling, if I’m able to go, if I’m going to be out there helping the team or hurting the team. It’s definitely going to be my decision if I can go or not. Got plenty of time to test it. My biggest test is going to be Sunday morning. We’ll see then.”

Defensive end Brett Keisel also missed practice for a third consecutive day on Friday with a foot injury and, along with guard Ramon Foster, is listed as questionable.

Keisel calls himself a game-time decision and thinks he will be available. If he can’t go for some reason, Ziggy Hood will likely get the start in his spot. Is Foster can’t go; Guy Whimper will get the nod at left guard.

In other injury news, rookie safety Shamarko Thomas is out with an ankle injury while the likes of:  T Kelvin Beachum (hip); G David DeCastro (ankle); T Marcus Gilbert (ankle); TE Heath Miller (not injury related); T Mike Adams (ribs); and C Fernando Velasco (knee) are also listed as probable.

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  • bk

    It’s nice to dream, but, let’s start with this week…Unless the Lions implode and turn the ball over 3-4 times more than the Steelers do,I see no way of winning..Megatron will be doubled all day, but, still will catch 6 for 140..that leaves Reggie Bush to run wild…probably run for 120 and have 6-7 catches for another 120. I’m not sure Ben survies this game, but, I see multiple 3 yard passes on 3rd and 6. Lions 37 – 20. After that… we may split with the Browns, Ravens will earn a split and Cincy the sweep…6-10 and inthe top 3rd of the draft…

    • Matt Gajtka

      I think the Steelers offense has a big game tomorrow. The Lions have trouble stopping anybody, so this should be a high-scoring one.

  • SamyyCiao

    Woodley is always hurt just like Colon was – cut this bum and save his huge cap money same for Troy cut him also slow as a duck now days and while we are at it might as well clean house and cut Talyor and Clark and Kiesel they are all one! Resign Jason Worlids he is having a great second half filling in Woodley!