Early Favorites, quite a few injuries

November 9th, 2010 Matt Loede Posted in Odds

The Steelers open up as 4.5 point favorites against one of their biggest rivals on Sunday night – the New England Patriots.

Injuries may be a pretty big factor for the Steelers entering Sunday night, with the biggest injury being OL Max Starks, who reports say could be out for the season with a neck issue.

Safety Will Allen and running backs Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman were all diagnosed with concussions following the win as well. Each player will have to pass post-concussion tests this week before being cleared to play against the Pats.

If Moore and/or Redman are out, the Steelers may have to put rookie Jonathan Dwyer in the mix. The running back out of Georgia Tech has yet to see any NFL action this season.

Left guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee) and defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring) also picked up injuries in the game, leaving Pittsburgh with six players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

“We’ve got somewhat of a laundry list,” coach Mike Tomlin told reporters of the injuries. “Working off a short week, it’s important that we prepare smart in regards to working around these injuries. I’m sure many of these guys will be available for the contest, but they have limited preparation. We have to prepare smart with these guys.”

Despite being beat in every facet of the game last week in Cleveland, the Pats are still the Pats, and Tom Brady is still a guy that loves to play in Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers. Brady has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,826 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

As the week goes on, it will be interesting to see if some of the Steelers can get on the field for this big AFC showdown.


Brady banged up with a foot sprain for the Pats

November 10th, 2010 Matt Loede Posted in Injuries, News

The Steelers got awful news on Wednesday with having to put Max Starks on IR, but the Pats have some bad news of their own with QB Tom Brady being banged up with a foot sprain. He missed his first practice of the season on Wednesday, but reports say he’ll play Sunday night.

Quarterback Tom Brady is battling a foot sprain but is expected to play Sunday night against the Steelers, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday, citing a league source. Brady missed his first practice of the season on Wednesday. In his absence, backup quarterback Brian Hoyer took the snaps during the team’s first day of practice leading up to the Steelers’ game.