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For the second consecutive game, the Titans will start Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback over injured Jake Locker
He was one of the chief whiners after the Steelers defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, a game in which Hasselbeck started at quarterback.
A cagey veteran now, Hasselbeck is the back-up for second-year QB Jake Locker, but will start for Tennessee Thursday against Pittsburgh. Locker injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the Titans Week 4 loss at Houston.
Hasselbeck started for the Titans (1-4) at Minnesota, going 26-for-43 with 200 yards a touchdown and an interception.
The Titans offense has struggled with both Locker and Hasselbeck under center, averaging just 305 yards and 17.6 points per game. Their 65 yards a game rushing is the stat that stands out, suggesting the Steelers could look to drop into coverage frequently in their short-week game with the Titans.
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has already been ruled out, and it is unlikely they'll have left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who went down with a hamstring injury in the Steelers' 16-14 win over Philadelphia in Week 5.
The Steelers do not appear to have any other injuries heading into this game, but more updates will be posted when they are available.