Tomlin: Clark, Woodley uncertain for Sunday; Mendenhall cleared for workouts
October 31, 2012 1:15 AM
Ryan Clark breaks up a pass intended for the Jets' Stephen Hill.
Peter Diana / Post-Gazette
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley sacks Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the first half of a game at Heinz Field.
By Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers do not know if safety Ryan Clark or outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley will be able to play Sunday against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.
Clark sustained a concussion against the Washington Redskins and Coach Mike Tomlin said he still has to go through a battery of tests this week before it is determined if he can practice or play against the Giants.
"We will continue to monitor his progress," Tomlin saidtoday during his weekly news conference.
Woodley aggravated a right hamstring injury against the Redskins that caused him to miss an Oct. 11 game in Tennessee. Tomlin said Woodley's injury "looks more promising" than the hamstring injury sustained by backup linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, whom he said is "questionable" to play against the Giants.
Tomlin also said Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu will miss his fourth game in a row with a right calf injury and right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his third consecutive game with an ankle injury. Both players are expected to be out for an extended period.
However, Tomlin said running back Rashard Mendenhall, who has missed the past two games with an Achilles tendon injury, has been cleared to begin individual workouts. Those workouts will determine how soon he can begin practicing with the team and does not necessarily mean he will play against the Giants.
But, backup running back Isaac Redman, who practiced last Friday, will resume practice Wednesday and should be available to play in New York. Redman has been bothered by a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss the past two games.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is prepared to play Sunday's game as scheduled.
"The stadium apparently is fine," Aiello said. "We are going to prepare to play and we'll stay in close touch with public authorities."
Those players have been replaced the past two games by Jonathan Dwyer, who became the first player since Willie Parker in 2008 to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing performance. Dwyer sustained a right quad strain in the victory against the Washington Redskins, but Tomlin said he "hopefully" can practice by Thursday.
Meantime, Tomlin said he has no information, nor can he afford to be concerned, about whether the game might be moved or rescheduled because of damage from former Hurricane Sandy.
"I'm only concerned about what we can control," Tomlin said, referring to getting his team prepared.
The NFL office in New York was scheduled to be closed today because of the storm. Pat Hanlon, the Giants' vice president of communications, said today his organization has "not really had any discussions along those lines....but I believe we're proceeeding as scheduled."