Steelers LOLB LaMarr Woodley made headlines in the week leading up to the season finale at Miami by suggesting the Patriots and Bengals, having already clinched division titles, would "lay down," thus giving their opponents a better chance at winning and keeping Pittsburgh out of the postseason. For all of the attention Woodley drew for those comments, his play merits attention, too. After a slow start to the 2009 campaign, Woodley has been a force in the second half of the season, notching 9½ sacks in his final seven games while also being stout vs. the run. Voted a first Pro Bowl alternate, Woodley has picked up his play as ROLB James Harrison's effectiveness as a pass rusher has waned down the stretch. Harrison, voted a Pro Bowl starter, didn't have a sack in December and has only two sacks since the Week Eight bye. However, he played through a painful right biceps bruise in Week 16.
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