Aaron Smith to practice with Steelers this week

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Defensive end Aaron Smith, who has not practiced since tearing his triceps Oct. 24 in Miami, will return to practice this week for the Steelers, coach Mike Tomlin said today.

"Aaron Smith is going to practice this week. We'll see where that practice takes us," Tomlin said.

The coach said that even if Smith is deemed ready to go it would probably be on a limited basis in the AFC championship game Sunday against the Jets at Heinz Field.

"Snap count is probably going to be part of that discussion," Tomlin said, but that "it would be nice to add that tool to the toolbox."

Other than that, Tomlin said, "We're in great shape" as far as injured players.

Those most seriously injured are special teams player Will Allen (knee sprain) and starting cornerback Bryant McFadden (abdominal strain). Tomlin said both players will be limited in practice this week.

As for good news on players who had to leave the game Saturday against Baltimore, Tomlin said his two tackles, Jonathan Scott and Flozell Adams, are both okay and will be ready to go.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

For more on the Steelers, read the blog, Ed Bouchette On the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com .


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