The injury-depleted Steelers received some good news on that front Friday when two starters announced themselves ready to start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and another said he might be able to play.
Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is expected to play after missing three consecutive games with a calf injury. Woodley is listed as probable along with right guard David DeCastro, who sprained his foot in the Thanksgiving loss to Baltimore.
Nose tackle Steve McLendon is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. McLendon missed the Baltimore game after getting injured the previous week against the Browns.
Defensive end Brett Keisel (plantar fasciitis) is out. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) is doubtful and Mike Adams (ankle) and Le'Veon Bell (concussion) are probable. Adams will start at left tackle in place of Beachum.
Woodley said his calf feels "great" but a rotation at outside linebacker for the Dolphins game seems likely. Woodley expects to start, but said his playing time will be based on how his calf responds Sunday. Jason Worilds will start alongside Woodley, and rookie Jarvis Jones, who started the past three games, would sub in off the bench.
"It will be based on how I feel," Woodley said of his playing time. "You don't want to fatigue it and reinjure it. We'll be smart about it."
DeCastro's presence in the starting lineup means the Steelers will be without two starters on the line instead of three. Cody Wallace will make his first NFL start at center in place of Fernando Velasco, who was lost for the season with an Achilles tendon injury in the Baltimore game. Adams will make his first start since Week 4, when he was demoted for poor play.
Ray Fittipaldo: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter@rayfitt1. First Published December 6, 2013 1:58 PM