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LaMarr Woodley injury: Steelers LB expected to play against Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had the greatest start to their season, but they've also been decimated by injuries in recent weeks. There's relief on the way though, as LaMarr Woodley is likely to return from a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. CBS Sports had a quote from Woodley, in which he notes that this year's hamstring injury is nothing like the one that kept him out for six games last year:

"It wasn't even the same leg, it wasn't the same hamstring and it wasn't as serious as it was last year that put me out for two months," Woodley said. "This one put me out for a week."

Woodley went on to say that as soon as the injury occurred, he knew it wasn't nearly as bad. He knew all along that he wouldn't be out that long. On Wednesday, he wasn't listed on the team's official injury report and practiced in full. As the piece notes, this will be the first time since Week 3 of last season that Woodley and James Harrison have a chance to start and finish a game together.

With other players such as Troy Polamalu on the injury report, Woodley's return is a much-needed reprieve for the 2-3 Steelers. They're currently third in the division, behind the Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens.

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