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The Steelers get back on the field this Sunday after a much-needed bye week gave players like Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison, Matt Spaeth and Landry Jones time to heal.

Pittsburgh appears to be returning to health at a time when Seattle is dealing with a major injury to one of their key players in running back Marshawn Lynch.

Lynch had sports hernia surgery this week and is expected to be out 3-4 weeks as the Seahawks prepare for their most crucial stretch of the season.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
Sunday, Nov. 29
4:25 p.m. on CBS
CenturyLink Field, Seattle

What’s on the Line: Pittsburgh is 2-2 on the on the road and Seattle is one of the toughest places in the league to play.

For all the games Ben Roethlisberger has played in 12 seasons in the NFL, he has never played at CenturyLink Field, making Seattle the only NFL city in which the Pro Bowl quarterback has not played in 165 career games. That will change Sunday.

“I’m excited,” Roethlisberger said on a conference call with the Seattle-area media. “Obviously you hear so much about the 12th Man, you hear about how loud it is, you hear about how awesome the fans are so I’m excited. When you play for a franchise like the Steelers, you’re used to seeing a lot of Terrible Towels and a lot of fans and you always want to go to places that have that same reputation. I know the team feeds off of it, and it’s always an exciting thing.”

The Steelers will be coming off their bye week, and looking to start the second half to their season on a high note.

Key Player: Pittsburgh Defensive Line. The key to the Steelers' improved defense strong defense starts up front with the defensive line. With Lynch sidelined, the Seahawks will turn to rookie running back Thomas Rawls, who ran for a franchise rookie-record 209 yards starting for the injured Lynch this past Sunday. Keeping Rawls grounded -- and mobile quarterback Russell Wilson in check -- will be crucial not only for the line but also for the Steelers young linebackers. Wilson has a way of putting linebackers into no-man's land once he leaves the pocket, so Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and company will be charged with keeping Wilson between the tackles. They will have their hands full.

Of Note: Steelers hold the overall advantage in the series, 9-8, but Seattle has outscored Pittsburgh 289-263.

Injury Report: Seattle's Lynch is out. Linebacker Bruce Irvin (knee), wide receiver Paul Richardson (hamstring), right tackle Garry Gilliam (ankle), right guard J.R. Sweezy (shoulder), and wide receiver Doug Baldwin (ankle) were sidelined on Wednesday. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said it would be a gameday decision "at best" for Irvin and Richardson, each of whom missed the Seahawks' Week 11 win over the San Francisco 49ers to injury. Baldwin and Gilliam came out of this past Sunday's win with sore ankles and earlier Wednesday Carroll said Baldwin participated in the team's walk-through and was "a little bit sore, but he's not going to miss this game." Carroll didn't have an update on Gilliam or Sweezy, but on his radio show earlier this week sounded optimistic the pair would be ready to go.

For the Steelers, every player participated in full on Wednesday except for cornerback Brandon Boykin (ankle), who was limited. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who missed Monday with a minor illness, was back to full strength. The Steelers should be near full health against the Seahawks.

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