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With Woodley out, Steelers thin at LB

PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley will not play Sunday night in the AFC North showdown against Baltimore with a hamstring injury sustained in last week's win over New England.

Pittsburgh's other former Pro Bowl outside linebacker, though, is expected to play for the first time in a month — James Harrison, who has missed four games with a broken orbital bone.

The linebacker spot has been a concern lately for Pittsburgh, which also might be without veteran James Farrior (calf).

Also out for Pittsburgh is receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who had a knee injury and has not been with the team since learning of the death of his mother on Tuesday.

HILLIS HASSLE? Browns running back Peyton Hillis aggravated his injured left hamstring in practice and likely will miss his third consecutive game — and fourth of the season — Sunday. The injury comes amid reports from Yahoo Sports that several teammates confronted Hillis this week, concerned that his unhappiness over his contract has become a distraction. On Thursday, before his latest injury flareup, Hillis admitted in a media session that it has been difficult to get his "mind right."

WARRANT FOR T.O.: A California judge issued an arrest warrant for Terrelle Owens for failure to show up at a child support hearing, and reported. Monique Reynolds is asking for back payments from the former receiver, whose NFL tryout last month — at which no teams showed up — apparently conflicted with the court date.

FINES: The league docked four players $15,000 each for hits deemed unnecessary last weekend: Steelers safety Ryan Clark, Giants safety Antrell Rolle, 49ers defensive end Justin Smith and Rams linebacker Bryan Kehl. Texans tackle Duane Brown was fined $7,500 for throwing a punch at Jaguars linebacker Clint Session.

BENGALS: The home game Nov. 13 against Pittsburgh is sold out, breaking a streak of seven straight games blacked out on local television. Last month the team set a record-low attendance at 12-year-old Paul Brown Stadium, drawing 41,142 for a win over Buffalo on Oct. 2.

CARDINALS: Second-year pro John Skelton is likely to start at quarterback Sunday with Kevin Kolb (turf toe) doubtful.

CHARGERS: Backup running back Curtis Brinkley practiced for the first time since a concussion Monday against the Chiefs.

GIANTS: Defensive end and former USF star Jason Pierre-Paul missed practice because of what were called concussion-related symptoms stemming from Thursday's helmet-to-helmet collision with a teammate. He is questionable for Sunday. … Running back Ahmad Bradshaw does not need surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot, coach Tom Coughlin said.

RAIDERS: Running back Darren McFadden (sprained right foot) won't play Sunday, giving Michael Bush his first start this season. McFadden was hurt Oct. 23 and hasn't practiced since.

Texans: Receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring) will miss his fifth straight game on Sunday.

VIKINGS: The team is disputing a reading of its lease that suggests it might have to play in the Metrodome for one more season after this one. Team vice president Lester Bagley says the club is on "firm legal footing" in its understanding that the lease expires after this season.

With Woodley out, Steelers thin at LB 11/04/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:20am]
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