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Notes from around the Steelers locker room (Oct. 25)


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Thursday’s takes from the Steelers locker room in preparation for Sunday’s game against Washington

• Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has changed his mind and will not wear a knee brace on his sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee when the Steelers play the Redskins Sunday. Instead, Pouncey will simply tape the injured knee to provide support. Pouncey told me that the custom-made knee brace was too restrictive and that he needs to be mobile in order to be effective. He felt that knee brace provided more harm than good. Pouncey also said that he isn’t worried about a possible re-injuring of the knee because of the knee brace.

• Kicker Shaun Suisham missed practice for the second consecutive day with a sore left ankle. The Steelers haven’t brought a kicker in to look at meaning they are confident that Suisham will be ready for Sunday’s game.

• Sitting out of practice Thursday were Marcus Gilbert (ankle), Troy Polamalu (ankle), Brandon Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles). Isaac Redman was limited while Jason Worilds and Jonathan Dwyer practiced fully.

• The best comment of the day came from defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau when informed he is 13-1 against rookie quarterbacks since his return to the Steelers in 2004. “The only comment I have on that is I hope I am 14-1 on Monday,” LeBeau quipped.

• For those of you wondering what Ramon Foster meant in my story today Willie Colon looked like a killer whale on top of a seal, take a look at this link that was sent to me on

• LeBeau said that linebacker James Harrison is getting better every week. “James is never bad. He missed a lot of football and all coaching sessions and all training camp. You can see him getting stronger every day.”


Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug


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