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Steelers injury report: Woodley will play, Beachum is doubtful

The Steelers will see the return of Woodley in this game, but they will move the team's most productive player over the last three weeks, Jason Worilds, to the right side of the defense.

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It won't be a total wash for the Steelers when they host the Miami Dolphins this weekend in Week 14 action.

Being without defensive end Brett Keisel, who has only played eight snaps in the last three games, isn't a shock. But there was a possibility the Steelers would be down LaMarr Woodley and Steve McLendon as well on the defensive side, and Kelvin Beachum and David DeCastro on offense.

Keisel is out and McLendon is questionable, but Woodley has said he'll play, returning to his left outside linebacker position. That will move Jason Worilds back to the right side, potentially shaking up the hottest player on the Steelers' roster.

Expect to see Woodley, Worilds and Jarvis Jones rotate a bit, Woodley himself said he's not looking to re-injure his calf, the same area that caused him to miss the team's last three games.

Beachum, though, will not play, and the Steelers will give Mike Adams his first start since a Week 4 drubbing at the hands of Jared Allen and the Minnesota Vikings. DeCastro will play, though, so the Steelers will only have two new starters in this week - Cody Wallace will start for the injured Fernando Velasco, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

McLendon rolled his ankle in Pittsburgh's Week 12 win over Cleveland. Al Woods filled in for him at nose tackle against Baltimore, as the Steelers stayed largely in their sub packages, eschewing a nose tackle on all but 21 of their 68 snaps.

The Steelers host the Dolphins at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

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