Teams don’t need to release their first injury report of the week until Wednesday when they’re playing a Sunday contest, but the Steelers annnounced several injury updates Tuesday.
Running back and Verron Hayes and linebacker Arnold Harrison are both headed for injured reserve; they both incurred anterior cruciate ligament injuries, and their years are done.
Four other Steelers are already classified as out for Sunday: Safety Mike Logan (hamstring), linebacker James Harrison (ankle), center Jeff Hartings (knee) and wide receiver/kick returner Willie Reid (foot).
Two players are questionable: Defensive tackle Casey Hampton (hamstring) and linebacker Clark Haggans (ankle).
Eight players are probable: Cornerback Deshea Townsend (quadriceps), linebacker Larry Foote (shoulder), wide receiver Santonio Holmes (shoulder), offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu (ankle), fullback Dan Kreider (ankle), wide receiver Sean Morey (toe), safety Troy Polamalu (foot) and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (groin).
Of note in the AFC West is the fact that Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped his appeal to a four-game suspension; he’ll be out for all of the Chargers’ November games, including their Nov. 19 trip to Denver.
Meanwhile, back at Dove Valley, it was relatively quiet as the players had the day off while the coaches dove into game-planning, per Tuesday routine. Your votes helped take Mike Bell to the lead in the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week voting; his tally increased from 17 percent early Monday morning — 26 percentage points behind New Orleans’ Marques Colston — to 35 percent by 11:30 p.m. MST.
And some players stayed busy Tuesday, like John Lynch and Rod Smith, who took part in a “Financial Football” seminar at George Washington High School.