The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without several of their key players on defense for their Monday night game against the Tennessee Titans.
During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin ruled out cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm), safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) for the game against the Titans.
Safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) and safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring) both start the week off as questionable judging by the comments made by Tomlin.
“We’ll let their level of participation throughout the week be our guide in terms of their overall readiness,” said Tomlin. “Obviously we could use one or both of those guys. We’re thin at the safety position and both are known special team commodities.”
Tomlin also said that nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) is once again suffering from some soreness in his shoulder.
“He’s dealt with that in recent weeks. It crept back up and we’ll watch him and monitor him, but his participation could be in question depending on how his shoulder perks up,” said Tomlin.
The Steelers and Titans are scheduled to kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday, Nov. 17.