Press Conference

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin 11/18 Tuesday Press Conference, CBs McFadden, Townsend ruled out

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media at noon to discuss the upcoming game, Thursday night, versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Tomlin started by saying the team had a great walk through this morning to install the initial game and will work again this afternoon. Tomlin commented that the Bengals seem to be finding a better rhythm. Tomlin commented again that reserve running back Gary Russell had two big third down and short carries and praised him. Injury wise, cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend will once again be sidelined this week. Guard Darnell Stapleton got rolled up on in the Chargers game but returned and is fine. Tackle Marvell Smith and his injured back are still status quot. Starting tight end Heath Miller has a chance to return this week and will try to practice. Other than that the Steelers came out farely healthy against the Chargers. Tomlin said defensive backs Fernando Bryant and Anthony Madison are playing well thus far filling in and need to continue to progress. Tomlin commented that the recent umbrella defenses the Steelers have been seeing has led to the shorter passing game and the increased tight end production. He said he will continue to take what opponent defenses give him. Tomlin commented he was pleased with the time of possession last week versus the Chargers. Tomlin said starting running back Willie Parker came through the game fine and continues to want the ball. Tomlin has not ruled out Parker as a goal line option.

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