The Pittsburgh Steelers have had much to smile about throughout the course of this week. Fresh off of their 30-20 thumping of the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh’s coaching staff could have their entire 53-man roster at their disposal this weekend when they take on the Green Bay Packers according to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest:
Status report for @Steelers: Everybody was a full participant in Friday's practice, and everybody is probable for Sunday in Green Bay.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 20, 2013
The fact that everybody is probable for Sunday’s game is tremendous news for the Steelers, particularly for Dick LeBeau and defensive line coach John Mitchell. Regardless of who suits up at quarterback for Green Bay, the Steelers will likely see plenty of Eddie Lacy during what figures to be a frigid Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Brett Keisel and Steve McLendon would provide the defensive line rotation with two more able bodies, and keeping everybody fresh during what could be a ground-and-pound type of game will be of the utmost importance. The league’s 19th ranked run defense will be put to the test against the player who could be named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year (1,028 rushing yards), so Pittsburgh’s men in the defensive trenches must come up big.
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