The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game on Sunday in Foxboro and on Tuesday head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the health of his team ahead of that contest during his weekly press conference.
Linebacker James Harrison has a shoulder and triceps injury that’s going to limit him during the early portion of the week, Tomlin indicated Tuesday.
“We’ll watch him as we do all guys that are limited in preparation,” Tomlin said of Harrison.
The same applies to linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle), Tomlin proceeded to say. Chickillo has missed the Steelers last two games with his ankle injury.
“He’s been out for a number of weeks and hopefully he’ll put himself in position to be an asset to us,” Tomlin said of the Steelers linebacker.
Tomlin also said that safety Sean Davis (shoulder) is still dealing with his ongoing shoulder injury but that he’s been managing it well and that approach is appreciated.
Tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) remains in protocol, according to Tomlin.
“We’ll still watch and monitor his progress,” Tomlin said of Green.
Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion) also remains in protocol as well. Toussaint missed the Steelers Sunday game against the Kansas City Chiefs while Green has been sidelined since Week 15 with his concussion.
Linebacker Vince Williams (shoulder) and defensive end Ricardo Mathews (ankle) are still managing their injuries as well, according to Tomlin. Williams played Sunday against the Chiefs while Mathews sat the contest out.
“Largely, pretty good health for a football team at this juncture playing in the type of games that were playing in,” Tomlin said. “We’re not going to complain about that, but we wouldn’t do it anyway. The team that we put on the field will represent us and the standard will be the standard.”
More quotes forthcoming.