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Taylor, Springs Unlikely to Play vs. Steelers


Jason Taylor and Shawn Springs are not expected to play in the Nov. 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Jim Zorn said on Monday.

Taylor had a second medical procedure performed on his calf injury on Monday. The procedure was necessary to "wash out" the injury, Zorn said.

There has been continued swelling in the calf and Taylor was prescribed antibiotics to help him stave off what doctors called a strep infection (unrelated to the far more serious staph infection).

"We're going to give him a rest and we're likely not going to play him [against Pittsburgh]," Zorn said. "And then the bye will help. He's not going to do anything for the next three days. He'll do zero.

"We want to eliminate any kind of swelling, while trying to keep his conditioning up. And then we'll see what [his status is] in a week."

Taylor first suffered the calf injury--called acute compartment syndrome--on Sept. 21 in the Arizona Cardinals game. He underwent a medical procedure to repair the injury on Sept. 22, sidelining for two games.

Taylor was able to return to action the last three weeks--he started Sunday's 25-17 win over the Detroit Lions--but played in a limited role. He has 13 tackles and one sack in five games this season.

Springs continues to be slowed by a calf strain. He has sat out the last two games and missed four so far this season.

Springs' calf injury has lingered most of the season. He aggravated it in practice on Oct. 17 and has had several MRI to evaluate the extent of the injury.

"We're going to hold him out," Zorn said of Springs's availability for the Steelers game. "In the MRI, it still shows some damage in the calf muscle. It was a pretty big strain."

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