Game 9 preview: Steelers at Patriots

FOXBOROUGH – The Patriots are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, but they do so after yet another player has suffered a season-ending injury.

Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, placed on injured reserve Saturday with a knee injury, is the ninth Patriots player to be sidelined for the season. He joins starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who met his season-ending fate last week after injuring his knee against the Miami Dolphins, linebacker Jerod Mayo, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, and safety Adrian Wilson.

The Patriots also limp into Sunday’s game with three players listed as questionable – cornerbacks Aqib Talib (hip) and Kyle Arrington (groin), and running back Leon Washington (ankle). Seven others are listed as probable.


The Steelers come into Sunday’s game off a 21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders despite holding quarterback Terrelle Pryor to 88 yards passing and forcing a season-high three turnovers. They are 2-5, winning against the New York Jets (19-6) and Baltimore Ravens (19-16).

Pittsburgh leads the all-time series with the Patriots 15-11 and the regular-season series 14-8, taking the last matchup Oct. 30, 2011 at Heinz Field 25-17.

But at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots are 2-1 against the black and gold. And Tom Brady is 6-2 overall vs. Pittsburgh.

Here are the details for today’s game:

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

Records: Patriots 6-2; Steelers 2-5.

TV/Radio: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak) and ESPN Radio (Sean McDonough, Bill Polian, Ian Fitszimmons).

Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.

Patriots offense: WR Danny Amendola, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Marcus Cannon, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Aaron Dobson, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Michael Hoomanawanui.

Patriots defense: DT Joe Vellano, DT Chris Jones, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Jamie Collins, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Alfonzo Dennard, CB Kyle Arrington, S Devin McCourty, S Steve Gregory.


Steelers offense: WR Emmanuel Sanders, LT Kelvin Beachum, LG Ramon Foster, C Fernando Velasco, RG Cody Wallace, RT Marcus Gilbert, TE Heath Miller, RB Le’Veon Bell, FB Will Johnson, QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown.

Steelers defense: DE Cameron Heyward, NT Steve McLendon, DE Brett Keisel, LOLB LaMarr Woodley, LILB Vince Williams, RILB Lawrence Timmons, ROLB Jason Worilds, LCB William Gay, FS Ryan Clark, SS Troy Polamalu, RCB Ike Taylor.

Read this, link that

– The Patriots placed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on injured reserve Saturday.

– Erik Frenz scouts the Steelers. He also takes a look at the matchup between Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon and Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

– Follow today’s game and comment on the action in our live blog. Updates start around 2:30 p.m.

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