The Post-Gazette reports this afternoon that Casey Hampton and Troy Polamalu will play Sunday against the C-Hox. The prospect of the Steelers being without their two most important defenders against a fairly potent offense was a bit more than worrisome with this critical game going into the bye week. Without Hampton, and possibly also Chris Hoke, Shaun Alexander would have likely become the first back to go over a hundred against the Steelers in 30 games.
The news isn't all rosy for the defense: Bryant McFadden, who I've thought should've been starting for the last year or so, will miss extended time with a high ankle sprain. Rookie William Gay or the worst punt returner ever Ricardo Colclough may take his place as the third corner.
Hines Ward remains questionable, while touchdown machine Matt Spaeth returns after missing the last two games with a bruised thigh. There were also minor injuries reported to Roethlisberger (bruised foot), Silverback (bruised knee) and Deshea Townsend (stinger).