TOMLIN’S INJURY UPDATE**
“By a get-what-you-need week, I mean we were very specific about providing work opportunities for those who needed work, and people needed work for a variety of reasons. Within that group, it was a good week for Marcus Gilbert because he got work coming off his (ankle) injury; Cam Heyward got work coming off his (hamstring) injury as well; Ladarius Green got work coming off his (ankle) injury.
“It also was a great week to get some rest or restoration for those who needed it. A number of guys were dealing with a variety of issues: Markus Wheaton with his shoulder; Sammie Coates with his broken finger; Antonio Brown with his hip injury sustained vs. New England; Le'Veon Bell has been dealing with a sore knee for a number of weeks.
“I’ll get real specific about the health of some of the guys and give you an assessment there: Cody Wallace (knee) is really the only guy who has been experiencing health issues that we’ve talked about repeatedly who didn’t get a lot of work last week. We’ll still see where the week takes us in regards to his work and hopefully his ability to work, and then if he is available to us from a work standpoint then we’ll let his overall effectiveness in things be our guide.
“A number of guys who have missed time in recent weeks with injury, like I said, have worked and we’ll continue to work those guys. Like always, we’ll let their reaction to that work be a guide for us. We’ll let the quality of that work be a guide in determining their availability in this game. All could have a chance to play, and we have that mentality regarding their availability. Marcus Gilbert as he comes off his ankle injury; Cam Heyward as he comes off his hamstring injury; Robert Golden as he comes off his groin injury; Ben Roethlisberger as he comes off his knee injury; and DeAngelo Williams as he comes off his knee injury.
“Ladarius Green is still on the PUP list, but we’ve started that transition period, where he’ll have 21 days to work before we have to make a decision about what we have to do with him. We started that last week. He’s worked nicely. We’ve been pleased with his progress, not only in terms of his physical abilities, but he’s had an opportunity to show us some mental abilities, some detail has been displayed in his work from a guy who hasn’t had a lot of physical repetitions. That’s been exciting. Hopefully that’s an asset to us as we come to a decision about when to activate him. Hopefully, his quick study will make that decision one that happens quicker and easier.”