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Injury Wagon: DeCastro hopeful, Keisel out


Injury report for week 14:

Kelvin Beachum (T) Did Not Participate In Practice, Knee

David DeCastro (G) Did Not Participate In Practice, Foot

Steve McLendon (DT) Did Not Participate In Practice, Ankle

Mike Adams (T) Full Participation in Practice, Ankle

Le’Veon Bell (RB) Full Participation in Practice, Concussion

LaMarr Woodley (LB) Limited Participation in Practice, Calf

Brett Keisel (DE) Out (Definitely Will Not Play), Foot

Ziggy Hood talks about early-season benching


“You just have to attack it the best way that you can,” Hood told’s Teresa Varly talking about his early-season demotion from starter to backup for emerging talent Cameron Heyward.

Hood continued:

You always want to prepare as if you are going to start or play. I prepared to be the next guy up. I didn’t change anything. I hit the weight room the next day the same as usual, worked just as hard on the field. If you stay with the mechanics and do what you know you have to do, you never know when your time will come again.

It would have been easy for Hood to falter after the demotion, but you have to give the man credit for sticking with it. After being drafted in the first round in the 2009 NFL Draft, Hood sat behind the great Aaron Smith until injuries paved the way for Hood to become the starter.

Undoubtedly Hood hasn’t lived up to the expectations of a first-round pick, but it’s nice to see he’s still working hard and wants to help the team in any way that he can.

Ike Taylor speaks out

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official twitter page tweeted a quote from Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor:

A bold statement from a man who has had to cover the likes of Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall this season—all of whom are arguably part of better receiving cores than Miami’s.

Taylor could be playing mind-games with himself to prepare for the return of Miami speedster Mike Wallace, who until last year was Taylor’s teammate with Pittsburgh.

Whether you believe him or not (please don’t believe him), Taylor’s praise is something to consider when watching Sunday’s matchup.


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