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Cardinals Vs. Steelers Injury Report: Pittsburgh Is Banged Up

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Hampton is one of many Steelers who are out with an injury this week.
Hampton is one of many Steelers who are out with an injury this week.

After practice on Friday both the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers released their final injury report before the game on Sunday and the Cards are facing the Steelers at an ideal time. They are playing them at home and with several key players out and/or perhaps not able to play on Sunday. 

On the Cardinals side, S Kerry Rhodes is out. Obviously this is the case as he is now recovering from foot surgery. He is the only one out. TE Todd Heap and TE Jim Dray are both questionable for the game, but Heap did not practice all week, so it would be a surprise to see him play. The only other two Cardinals listed are probable -- OLB Joey Porter and P Dave Zastudil.

For the Steelers, they have a few key players out. OLB James Harrison, NT Casey Hampton, DE Aaron Smith and OL Dave Legursky are all out. Hampton's backup Chris Hoke is doubtful. C Markice Pouncey is probable, which is fortunate because his backup, Legursky can't play.

With the Steelers looking at perhaps having their third-string NT starting on Sunday and taking one of the best LB from the inside and moving him outside (Lawrence Timmons), this is a perfect opportunity for the Cardinals to really establish and commit to running the ball with a healthy Beanie Wells, especially up the middle where the team has been the most effective. 

Are these the "tweaks" that Kevin Kolb spoke of the other day? How do you see the injuries affecting the outcome of the game? Don't forget to give us your two cents down in the comments area.