Steelers coach Mike Tomlin this afternoon pronounced lightly played fullback Carey Davis "the only significant injury" and ruled him most likely out for their Sunday date against Cincinnati at Heinz Field, though he admitted there is "not much clarity" to the their medical report just a few hours after their 28-10 victory Monday night in Denver.
"I can pretty much imagine it's going to be tough for him to participate this week," Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. "Usually when you pop a hamstring ... very rarely are you capable of participating the next week."
After that, though, Tomlin wasn't able to report on any of what he termed "minor" aches and pains gained in beating the Broncos. Safety Ryan Clark was held out Monday as a precautionary measure because of his sickle cell trait that resulted in surgery that removed his spleen and gall bladder two years ago after a game in Denver, but Tomlin wasn't yet sure about the availability tihs week of defensive end Travis Kirschke and linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Kirschke and Timmons each missed a second consecutive game due to calf and ankle injuries, respectively.
"Don't know at this point," Tomlin said. "Really don't know because we haven't had an opportunity to visit with those guys since we've returned form Denver. I imagine they're going to be closer. When I get that information, I'll be happy to share it ... or not." At that, the room full of media broke out in laughter.
On another front, Tomlin declined to talk about the availability of a former Pro Bowl running back who long has wished to play for the Steelers: Larry Johnson of Penn State. The oft-troubled Johnson was released by the Kansas City Chiefs Monday after his second suspension in a year.
"I don't discuss free agents," Tomlin said. "That opens Pandora's box. ... So I tend to focus on the guys that are in our locker room and on our team right now."."