--The Steelers put only two players on the Pro Bowl roster and no offensive players for the second year in a row. James Harrison will make his third straight start at outside linebacker and NT Casey Hampton is a reserve, his fifth Pro Bowl appearance.
However, with the game being played Sunday before the Super Bowl, some Steelers alternates could get in as players from the Super Bowl team and perhaps the loser of the AFC Championship Game drop out.
--LB LaMarr Woodley was named AFC defensive player of the week for his play against Baltimore. He had two sacks and 10 tackles, and also forced a fumble. Woodley, though, was not happy he did not make the Pro Bowl.
"I guess I have to play harder and maybe next year have 21 sacks," Woodley said. "I have to put some hot numbers out there to get noticed."
--It appears Troy Polamalu will miss his seventh straight game with a sprained PCL in his left knee, even though he went through a limited practice for the first time during that span.
"Whenever you take this much time off it's kind of a mix of everything," he said. "It's trying to get your nervous system right, trying to get muscle bulk from the atrophy, trying to get some strength back ... It's a process of even seeing looks at this point in the season. Had I been 100 percent healthy I probably wouldn't be practicing any faster than I am now."
BY THE NUMBERS
5-1 -- Steelers all-time regular-season record in January, including victories in their past three games played in that month.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We did a lot to hurt ourselves with those five games that we lost. If we get in, it's a blessing. We need help." -- LB James Harrison on team's five-game losing streak in games 9-13.
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