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
In the ongoing O-line saga for @Steelers, there seems to be some hope that DeCastro could play Sunday. Less hope for Beachum
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 5, 2013
Ziggy Hood talks about early-season benching
“You just have to attack it the best way that you can,” Hood told steelers.com’s Teresa Varly talking about his early-season demotion from starter to backup for emerging talent Cameron Heyward.
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:
“Skill-wise, when you talk about the WR position, I think they’re the deepest we’ve played so far.” @Ike_SwagginU on Dolphins
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 5, 2013
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.
Quinton Clapper can be followed on twitter (@quintonclapper) where his followers are the deepest you’ve seen so far (not really).