By Danny Cox
Even with a horrific start to the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still mathematically alive for the postseason. Yes, there is a chance they can get in, but they’re going to need some help to get there.
The only thing the Steelers can control is their own schedule and they are facing off with the Cleveland Browns. A victory over the Browns would help their playoff chances even though they need extra help, but that’s all that is in their hands.
Luckily, the Steelers are looking rather healthy on all sides of the ball and they’ll need every available body for a troublesome Browns’ team.
Only one player is listed as out on the injury report of the Steelers and that is backup linebacker Terence Garvin. He usually backs up starting inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, so the Steelers will now have to rely on Stevenson Sylvester or Kion Wilson to do that job.
Outside, the Steelers have linebacker Jason Worilds listed as questionable with an abdomen injury. Jarvis Jones, who is listed as probable with an illness, could fill in if Worilds can’t go, but both players should be hopefully ready for Sunday’s game against the Browns.
Worilds sat out both Wednesday and Thursday’s practice but returned on Friday in a limited capacity. Jones was a full-go all week and seems to have recovered enough from his early week illness.
Starting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is also listed as questionable with a knee issue, but he will likely start on Sunday. He did miss Wednesday and Thursday, but practiced in full on Friday. Sanders’ immediate backup Markus Wheaton is listed as probable with a finger injury, but he’ll play, too.
If there are any issues during the game, Jerricho Cotchery is healthy and ready to play more as needed.
A handful of other players are listed as probable for the Browns game including starting offensive guard David DeCastro (back), safety Troy Polamalu (non-injury), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), and tight end Heath Miller (non-injury), but they’ll likely be ready as well for Sunday.
As said earlier, the Steelers are looking really healthy and ready to hopefully defeat the Browns for a second time this season. Only this time, it could lead to a playoff victory.
That is, if other teams in the AFC are as accommodating as Steelers fans hope they will be.
- LB Terence Garvin – Knee
- WR Emmanuel Sanders – Knee
- LB Jason Worilds – Abdomen
- OG David DeCastro – Back
- LB Jarvis Jones – Illness
- DE Brett Keisel – Foot
- TE Heath Miller – Non-Injury Related
- S Troy Polamalu – Non-Injury Related
- WR Markus Wheaton – Finger
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.