The start of the regular season for the Pittsburgh Steelers is less than a week away. Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media, and laid the groundwork for the weeks activities in preparation for their Sunday Night game against the Denver Broncos.Ryan Clark will not play due to complications of his sickle cell trait. With Clark out of the game, Ryan Mundy will be the next man up at safety and will play a huge role against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Clark will be joined on the sideline at this point by linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) and guard David DeCastro (knee), who have been listed as out. While those players and medical issues may not come as a surprise, the opposite could be said about running back Rashard Mendenhall, who returned to practice on Monday, and has a slight chance at suiting up against the Broncos. Yes, that is an unlikely scenario that would mark a tremendous recovery from his ACL injury, but at this point he has not been ruled out. Two others, who recently began practicing, linebackers James Harrison and Jason Worilds, also have a chance to play.
Unfortunately, there are still questions about the projected starter at running back, Isaac Redman, who has battled injuries throughout camp. Although those injuries never appeared serious, Redman did not practice on Monday due to his ankle injury and may be limited moving forward. If that becomes the case as the week moves along, expect camp standout Jonathan Dwyer to take on a larger workload.
One player who seems to be back in stride is wide receiver Mike Wallace, who took the field for the first time since ending his holdout. The speedster seemed have a solid grasp of the playbook and appeared to be in good physical condition. If there is not a physical setback, fans should expect Wallace to open the game on the field in the starting line-up for the Steelers.
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