Starks Holding Out Hope For Playoff Push

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CLEVELAND (93-7 THE FAN) — As the Steelers (6-5) get ready for a rematch in Baltimore with the Ravens (9-2), offensive lineman Max Starks has not lost faith in the ability of his MASH unit of a team to reach the postseason.

“I don’t even look at the standings,” Starks told 93.7 The Fan’s Jim Colony. “I think as long as we get back on track, we’ll be okay. But we’ve definitely put ourselves in a situation where we’ve got to win the majority of our games moving forward.”

He talked about how his team will approach the big rematch, and what Mike Tomlin told them after Sunday’s disaster:

Meanwhile, the banged-up Black-and-Gold did get some good news on the injury front, particularly on the O-line. Although Willie Colon was lost with a lower-body injury, promising rookie David DeCastro has fully recovered from his own, and was cleared to return Tuesday.

Former Franklin Regional state champion lineman Johnny Malecki was concurrently promoted to the active roster.

On the defensive front, nose tackle Casey Hampton agrees this team can conquer its injury woes on both sides of the ball.

“Whether guys get healthy or not, we’ve got to find ways to win. You can’t count on guys who you don’t know if they’re going to be there or not. We’ve still got a good enough football team to win these types of games,” he told Colony.

“We’re mentally tough. Everybody in this locker room…is going to fight for each other.”

Hampton doesn’t necessarily believe the Browns exploited the Steelers in any way Sunday:

For more Steelers analysis, check out Colony, Paul Alexander, and Gregg Giannotti on Tuesday’s edition of The Fan Morning Show (weekdays 5:40-10:00 A.M.) on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan, as linebacker Larry Foote joins the guys for his weekly spot.

Kickoff between Pittsburgh and Baltimore is set for 4:15 Sunday on KDKA-TV.

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