McLendon recorded three tackles (all solo) in the Steelers' loss to the Broncos on Sunday. McLendon, who is an unrestricted free agent, finished the season with 14 tackles (11 solo), including one sack. Playing a full 16 games for only the second time in his six-year career didn't seem to help McLendon, who recorded his fewest tackles in three years. When you consider that he also has just five career sacks, there is no reason to be looking at McLendon come your fantasy draft.
The following players for the Steelers have been ruled as probable for Saturday's wild-card clash against Baltimore: Offensive tackle Mike Adams (illness), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), cornerback Ike Davis and safety Troy Polamalu (knee). Polamalu has missed the previous two games and four of the last seven due to numerous injuries. His teammates scoffed at the idea that the Steelers are better off without the services of Polamalu, after he was a surprise inactive in Week 17. However, Will Allen could cut into Polamalu's playing time on Saturday, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pittsburgh is a 3-point home favorite against Baltimore.
Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon suffered a stinger in Sunday's game against the Bengals, However, the defensive lineman is probable to return to the AFC North battle.
The Steelers released their final injury report for Week 16's game against the Chiefs and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) is listed as doubtful. Cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) is also listed as doubtful. Tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) is the only player listed as questionable. The following players are listed as probable: William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, James Harrison, Steve McLendon, Heath Miller, Mike Mitchell, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton. The Steelers are 3-point favorites.
Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) was unable to practice and received the thumbs-down for Week 14 against Cincinnati. Gilbert was the only player on Pittsburgh's final injury report ruled out for Sunday. Linebacker James Harrison (knee) also missed practice all week and is unlikely to play. He was ruled as doubtful. Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) was the only player on the report designated as questionable, while cornerback Cortez Allen (thumb), cornerback Brice McCain (hamstring), tight end Heath Miller (rest), safety Troy Polamalu (illness), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (rest), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) were deemed probable.