The Steelers will be without LOLB LaMarr Woodley for Sunday's pivotal game against the Ravens, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Woodley injured his hamstring in the third quarter of Sunday's win against the Patriots. A team source told Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette that the injury is "not good."
Making matters worse for Pittsburgh, ROLB James Harrison, who has been out since Week Four with an eye injury, is expected to miss Sunday's game.
Wrote Harrison on his Facebook page Monday: "Saw the doctor today. Looks like I won't be playing this weekend but at least I'm cleared for practice. Worst case scenario I'll be back after the bye for sure."
Woodley leads the team with nine sacks. He has notched two sacks in each of the last three games. The Steelers were without Harrison, ILB James Farrior and OLB Jason Worilds in Sunday's win over the Patriots.
The way we see it
This Sunday's game is the biggest of the season for the Steelers against their AFC North rivals, and the task will be tougher if Harrison and Woodley can't go. The Ravens won the first meeting 35-7.
If Harrison and Woodley are out, Lawrence Timmons and rookie Chris Carter would be among the top options at the OLB spots. Overall, the LB depth looms as a concern entering Week Nine.