LaMarr Woodley has the most sacks on the Steelers roster now that former teammate James Harrison is no longer there. Woodley has 52 total sacks in his career, all with the black and gold. Woodley however, has suffered from injuries in the past two seasons.
In 2011, it was a hamstring that Woodley pulled in an October win over the New England Patriots that limited his play to 10 games. Last season, Woodley went down with a high ankle sprain that limited his play for the second consecutive season.
Woodley says that the ankle is now fine. He had to get off of it and rest during the off-season.
“The ankle is great,” he said. “A high ankle sprain just takes time to get off of it a little bit. After the season, I had time to rest on it and get off of it a little bit. During the season, you’re fighting, trying to get back on the field and you kind of set yourself back and forth a little bit, but during the offseason I had time to let it heal.”
If you remember, at season’s end, Woodley was criticized by an anonymous player in the Steelers locker room. “He was awful. He tells us he works out, but we didn’t see it. He wasn’t in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt.”
Woodley says the comments made by the anonymous player does not motivate him at all. It does however, have a helping hand with head coach Mike Tomlin’s new approach for the 2013 season. “Less talking, more working.”
With that being said, we hope to see Woodley return to his old ways in the upcoming season. The 2009 All-Pro outside linebacker is now the leader of this young, unheralded group of pass rushers.