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Has Linebacker LaMarr Woodley Played His Last Game for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

December 16th, 2013 at 10:10 PM
By Mark Mihalko
In what has become a normal happening with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 another start has gone down to injury. This time, this injury should not be a surprise, as outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley left the Sunday night match-up with the Cincinnati Bengals with a calf injury.  
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This injury should not be a surprise to Steelers fans who have watched Woodley suffer nagging injury after nagging injury since being signed to a $61 million long-term contact in 2011. In fact, this latest injury may be the final blow to his Steelers career. 
The Steelers, who face another offseason of salary cap turmoil, may have no choice but to release Woodley, as he has not lived up to the contract he signed in 2011 and the team must find a way to bring back Jason Worilds, who has solidified himself at Woodley's left outside linebacker spot. With the drafting of Jarvis Jones in the first round, the Steelers clearly must rid themselves of one outside linebacker and that should be Woodley.
In all, the Steelers defense could look much different in 2014, as veterans such as Woodley, defensive end Brett Keisel and safeties Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark may all be casualties to the offseason purge. With only two weeks left in 2013, fans should take every opportunity to catch them in action for the Black and Gold, as their days are likely numbered. 
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Tags: Football, Jarvis Jones, Jason Worilds, LaMarr Woodley, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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