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Pittsburgh will employ new defensive scheme to make up for injuries

No LaMarr Woodley. No James Farrior. No James Harrison.


Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, whose bag is full of tricks and treats, may have to pull many of them out this week. The meeting room for Steelers linebackers could move to a Red Cross tent. Such is the state of their injuries that coach Mike Tomlin talked Tuesday about the possibility of playing all kinds of different defenses Sunday to compensate.

It's not a good time to be losing your best linebackers when the Baltimore Ravens come to Heinz Field for a rematch and perhaps the showdown that ultimately will determine the AFC North Division champion.

But Tomlin declined to list any of his linebackers as "out" for the game Sunday night when he reviewed his injured players and their prospects.

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