• Steelers’ Woodley insists role shouldn’t change

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Sep 5, 2013
    In the past, Woodley and James Harrison rarely came off the field, and they rank among the NFL's top 11 in sacks since Woodley's rookie season in 2007. Woodley is 11th with 52. “It hasn’t been like that in all the years I’ve been starting [since 2008], and I don’t think it’s going to be like that any time soon, but I guess we’ll have to see on Sunday,” Woodley said. Worilds had five sacks despite starting only three games in 2012, and he and Woodley will start the opener against Tennessee. Harrison is gone, and Woodley's sack production dropped from 131⁄2 in 2009 to four in the last 11⁄2 seasons as he fought hamstring injuries and a high-ankle sprain. And the Steelers liked how Jones, their first-round draft pick, caused them repeatedly during the preseason. When it’s time to go out there and play, I’m going to continue to do what I’ve always been doing, getting after the quarterbacks, doing a great job against the run.

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