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Steelers Vs. Ravens: LaMarr Woodley Officially Out For Pittsburgh, James Harrison 'Probable'

We're about 48 hours away from kickoff of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 9 matchup at Heinz Field against the rival Baltimore Ravens. There have been all sorts of conflicting reports this week about the injury statuses of James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and James Farrior, three of the four linebackers in Pittsburgh's No. 2 ranked defense. Well, Friday afternoon is here, which means the Steelers have officially filed their practice and injury report for the week. Let's take a look at the official reports:

 

Status Report

OUT

G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE

LB James Farrior (calf), P Daniel Sepulveda (right knee), WR Hines Ward (ankle)

PROBABLE

LB James Harrison (eye), T Jonathan Scott (ankle)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee)

Thursday

G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee)

Friday

G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB James Farrior (calf), LB James Harrison (eye), T Jonathan Scott (ankle), WR Hines Ward (ankle), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)

Thursday

LB James Farrior (calf), LB James Harrison (eye), T Jonathan Scott (ankle), WR Hines Ward (ankle), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)

Friday

LB James Farrior (calf), P Daniel Sepulveda (right knee), WR Hines Ward (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Friday

LB James Harrison (eye), T Jonathan Scott (ankle)

 

So, Woodley is out. That's too bad, as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month is on an absolute terror, having registered 7.5 of his AFC-leading 9 sacks in the past four games, all Steelers wins. I would have bet quite a bit that Harrison would not suit up and instead play it safe and allow his surgically repaired eye heal for at least another week before playing. But sure looks like Harrison is going to try to suit up for the important divisional game against Baltimore.

With Emmanuel Sanders ruled out for Sunday, one would assume that Hines Ward will do everything he can to play. If he can't go or can't make it through all of the game, Jericho Cotchery should get more action than he's seen all year. Talk about a deep wide receiving corps.

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